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Oxnard school's handling of gay student's behavior comes under scrutiny

Teachers testify at Brandon McInerney's trial that administrators ignored warnings that fellow student Larry King's feminized attire and taunting behavior were causing problems. McInerney is accused of killing King in a classroom.

August 11, 2011|By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times

On the following Monday, the grievance was denied by the school's administration, Ekman said. King, meanwhile, continued to clash with boys at school and paid special attention to McInerney, according to court testimony. After lunch that day, he passed McInerney in a corridor and mockingly said, "Love you baby!"

History teacher Arthur Saenz testified that on that same Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, he noticed King "parading" back and forth in high-heeled boots and makeup near a bench where McInerney was sitting after school waiting to be picked up. A group of boys was laughing as McInerney grew visibly angry, Saenz testified.

Epstein, the assistant principal, noticed the brewing problem and, from a distance, finger-wagged as if to say "no-no-no" to McInerney, Saenz testified. McInerney's father then arrived and they left, he said.

The next morning King showed up at E.O. Green in his school uniform with no embellishment or makeup.

In the computer lab, McInerney took a seat directly behind King. About 20 minutes into class, he drew a handgun and shot him twice in the back of the head.

catherine.saillant@latimes.com

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