Prosecutors on Thursday charged a 14-year-old boy with attempted murder and said he committed a hate crime in the classroom shooting of an eighth-grader who was declared brain dead.
Prosecutors would not say why they filed a hate-crime enhancement with the attempted murder count, but several classmates said the 15-year-old victim, Lawrence King, sometimes wore makeup, high heels and other feminine attire.
Prosecutors want the suspect tried as an adult and expect to upgrade the charges after King is taken off a ventilator for organ donation.
(ED Note: The following is a reprint of an original work. Spelling is correct as it is published here. Source was British and items of question have been left for the integrity of the article.)
[Beginning February 11th,] for the next two weeks people across the country will be confronted with an anti-bullying campaign from 600 billboards.
The campaign, originally designed for schools, was developed in collaboration with 150 secondary school pupils and teachers for Stonewall. The project was launched in November 2007 as part of Stonewall’s Education for All campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.
The posters, stickers and postcards, distributed to all 5,000 secondary schools across England, were so well-received by pupils and teachers that the message has gone beyond the school gates.
Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive, told PinkNews.co.uk:
"Homophobia is almost endemic in our schools and blights the lives of people throughout society.
"It makes sense that this zero-tolerance message should be extended to the wider public.
"Across urban and rural Britain, this plain-speaking slogan will remind people that discrimination against gay men and lesbians is no longer acceptable."
Last June Stonewall published a wide-ranging study into homophobic bullying entitled The School Report.
- It revealed that nearly two thirds of LGB students reported instances of homopbobic harassment.
- That figure jumps to 75% of young gay people attending faith schools.
- The survey of more than 1,100 young people found that
- 23% of all UK schools explicitly condemn homophobic bullying.
- 92% of gay, lesbian and bisexual pupils have experienced verbal abuse
- 41% physical bullying
- 17% have been subject to death threats.
- 30% of pupils reported that adults have been responsible for incidents of homophobic bullying in their schools.
- Nearly every interviewed student had heard phrases like, ‘You’re so gay’, and remarks like ‘poof’ and ‘dyke’ in UK schools.
(…finally a case of Do unto others.)
Kansas City area residents Chris Love, a 28 year old computer programmer, and college student Bethany Rowell are fed up with Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church picketing anti-gay hate around the nation. So fed up that they’ve begun organizing a demonstration march in hope of spreading a message that intolerance is unacceptable.
Love was asked why he was organizing an event that might only serve to promote the church’s message.
"In reality, we know nothing is going to change the Phelps or the Westboro Church. We know they’ll continue doing what they are doing. In fact, they’ll probably love any press we get for them. The point here is that up until now, there hasn’t been a highly-publicized event in which someone made an active protest against the WBC (in other words, where the protest wasn’t simply a defensive reaction at the site of a WBC protest… mainly funerals). At most, we’re hoping that the WBC hears the message and realizes that there is an opposing voice that is equally as powerful as their own (or at least, the powerful as they perceive it to be). At the least, we hope to hold an event that will bring both homosexual and heterosexual people together for a united cause for one day, and in Kansas, no less."
Love emphasizes that this isn’t a “gay-only” event and he hopes plenty of heterosexual people will join in.