HBO’s Fall Documentary Series kicked off Monday night with the airing of Valentine Road, a chronicle of the 2008 murder of Lawrence “Larry” King, a 15-year-old homosexual student.
Upon coming out to his teacher, Shirley Brown, Larry began cross-dressing and later asked then 14-year-old Brandon McInerney to be his Valentine. The following day, McInerney carried a gun to school and shot Larry twice in the head in a computer lab, which caused him to die two days later.
Brown, the seventh grade teacher at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California, stated:
I do believe in a heaven and a hell, and I do believe Larry honestly did not have a clue, honestly, the consequences of his actions. I relate to Brandon because I could see my own self being in that very same position. I don’t know if I would have taken a gun, but a good, swift kick in the butt might work really well.
If that wasn’t sufficiently disturbing, McInerney, who drew symbols of white supremacy in school, had jurors work toward giving the teen murderer the benefit of the doubt, as he was “trying to solve a serious problem,” (referring to having shot and killed his classmate of a mixed race).
McInerney is now serving a 21-year sentence in prison.
Watch compelling clips of the doc HERE and take a gander at some of McInerney’s unsettling doodles down below.