Gay Teen Murder Illustrates Schools' Challenge

Published November 24, 2011 3:36PM (EST)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2008 murder of a teen west of Los Angeles illustrates the difficulty schools have balancing a gay student's civil rights with teaching tolerance to those who feel threatened by or uncomfortable about someone who's different.

Some experts say it also highlights the importance of setting clear policies to eliminate confusion among educators.

There were many missed opportunities to prevent the slaying of 15-year-old Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard.

Teachers and students saw a simmering feud between him and Brandon McInerney but say they were either ignored by administrators or did little or nothing to intervene.

McInerney pleaded guilty Monday to murder and manslaughter for shooting King before stunned classmates.

Now those involved hope lessons learned from the tragedy can prevent future tragedies.

By Salon Staff

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