Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Murder of a gay boy results in 25 years in prison

This kid walked up to an openly gay classmate in his school and shot him in the head! He gets 25 years in prison and will be out by the time he's 42. The prosecutors probably got the best sentence they could get, but he should have received the death penalty.

We can disagree about the morality (or lack thereof) of homosexual behavior but there should be no disagreement about society having zero tolerance for murder--and in my opinion, only 25 years in prison for cold-blooded murder is too much tolerance.

5 comments:

St. Lee said...

Interesting story. The article you linked to states that the young man was sentenced to 11 years for manslaughter and another 10 years for using a firearm to do it. Can we then assume that if he had cut the other boy's head off with a machete or bludgeoned him to death with a baseball bat, he would have only received the 11 years sentence?

I also find myself having some compassion for the killer in this case. As stated in the story, the victim was proud of being openly gay, wore jewelry, makeup and high-heeled boots and asked his teachers to call him Leticia instead of Larry. Add to this the fact that the victim made it public that he had a crush on the killer, who was only 14 years old at the time, and I cannot help but lay part of the blame for this situation on the liberal gay agenda which is being forced on our youth. Obviously the victim embraced that agenda, but it seems killer found it to be an abomination and couldn't take the "guilt by association" which the victim's attention placed on him. Can you imagine what the killer was going through emotionally dealing with teasing and peer pressure at that age?

I don't know how I would have voted if I'd been on the jury, and I am just happy I didn't have to make that decision.

Dennis said...

Lee,

I think you make some good points.

To further complicate matters, I heard that the mother of this gay young man actually contacted the school to express her concern about her son's behavior and the trouble it could cause (the mother had apparently lost all control of her son).

As I understand it, the school not only refused to help, they were actively promoting his behavior (apparently placing their own agendas above the well being of both these students).

I think some school officials should have to take at least some responsibility for all of this.

If this had been a case of some guy publicly expressing attraction to some girl, I suspect that the guy may have been ordered to shut up or face disciplinary action for sexual harassment. Why did the school not take action to prevent this?

Nevertheless, I think you would agree that no one should be killed, hurt or even harassed for being gay.

St. Lee said...

Yes, I completely agree.

Sonia said...
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Sonia said...

"Compassion for the killer?" Most disgusting and shameful thing I've heard.

How about compassion for this boy who probably faced unbearable teasing and discrimination by his classmates? How about compassion for his family who now have to cope with this strategy for the rest of their lives.

The ridiculous implication that because this boy might have had a crush on his killer is some kind of justification for the killer to have committed this crime is the definition of absurdity.