Valentine Road

Valentine Road

Directed by Marta Cunningham

On February 12th 2008, in the working class town of Oxnard, California, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney shot his eighth grade classmate, 15-year-old Lawrence “Larry” King twice in the back of the head during first period English class, while the entire class watched. Larry died two days later. A media frenzy followed – spinning the wild tale of a flamboyantly gay Lolita pushing the buttons of a raging white supremacist bully too far. Eventually the traditional news media moved on. Left in its wake was a shell-shocked small town community having to answer big questions. What exactly is society to do with someone like Brandon? What measures can be enacted to protect LGBTQ kids like Larry King?

The tragic killing of 14-year-old Lawrence King, a gay adolescent who was experimenting with gender presentation, by his classmate, made national headlines in a time when bullying and LGBTQ hate crimes were finally beginning to be taken seriously