This is 14-year-old Brian McInerney of Oxnard, California. On Tuesday he walked into a classroom and shot and killed 15-year-old Lawrence King, a flamboyant young man who recently had announced that he was Gay. Brian is going to be charged with premeditated murder with a hate-crime enhancement, and will be tried as an adult due to recent changes in California law which allow someone over the age of 14 to be tried as adults.
This breaks my heart.
We have failed as a society when children have access to guns and have no sense of self-restraint. Brian's parents failed him miserably by not being involved enough in his life to have civilized him. This child has not been taught right from wrong. I hae two compelling questions: Where did he get the gun, and where did he learn to hate Gays?