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To: SmithL

How about teaching kids about appropriate responses to teasing and flirting in the first place? Regardless of how dumb you think someone looks, there’s no excuse to tease them about it - let other people dress ridiculously if they want, cause they’re only going to make themselves look bad. On the other hand, unwanted flirting is sexual harassment, and it should have stopped when the killer asked the gay kid to stop, just like it would be expected for any two heterosexual individuals. In addition, had the killer reported the other boy for sexual harassment instead of shooting him, the whole situation could probably have been resolved nonviolently. And last of all, as much as I’m likely to catch some flaming from this, I think the world would be a lot better if more people had that gay kid’s self-confidence - how many girls starve themselves because they’re worried about what other people think of them? How many guys treat girls badly because they’re worried about being seen as ‘manly’ (which, unfortunately, in today’s culture can mean ‘acting like a pimp/player/jerk’)? There’s just so much wrong on every side of this picture...


30 posted on 03/28/2008 2:31:50 PM PDT by Hyzenthlay (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Hyzenthlay

What you miss in your analysis is the deep seated visceral disgust that many heterosexuals experience when confronted with that garbage. Even more so for a boy that age — he was at risk of being branded a faggot as well because of this flamer. His developing sexual psyche couldn’t take it, he flipped out, and capped the kid. It would have been nice if he could have stepped back, been objective, and thought through the situation, but that’s way too much to expect from a young skull full of mush afflicted by raging hormones.

This reminds me of that horrible event on the Jenny Jones show, “Secret Crushes” where a homo told a straight guy he had a crush on him and the next day the straight guy killed him.


40 posted on 03/28/2008 7:01:52 PM PDT by ichabod1 (I'm a TWiP and I'm proud.)
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