“Valentine Road” is a documentary that will air tonight, October 7, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. on HBO . It tells the story of Larry King, 15, who was shot at point blank range and executed by classmate Brandon McInerney, 14, at E.O. Green Junior Highs School in Oxnard, California in 2008.
Filmmaker Marta Cunningham spent years carefully researching and interviewing those connected to the tragedy. She lets the interviews speak for themselves (literally) and the audience is left to come to their own conclusions.
Both boys came from abusive childhoods. Larry King and his brother were adopted. When bruises were discovered on Larry’s body while he was in his adoptive home, he was put in a shelter. Brandon McInerney was born to a family of crystal meth addicts and alcoholics. His mother was using methamphetamine when she was pregnant with Brandon, his siblings are addicts and alcoholics, his father is an addict and alcoholic who is violent, and verbally abusive.
Larry was bullied constantly. He was jeered at, ostracized, and beaten, but he also had friends—all girls—and one day during a Valentine’s Day game, Larry acted on a dare. He interrupted Brandon’s basketball game to tell Brandon he had a crush on him. Larry asked Brandon to be his Valentine.
Brandon felt humiliated in front of his basketball friends. Two days later Brandon shot Larry, in class, two times in the head. The shooting was born of a long list of issues: bullying, LGBT intolerance, racism, hatred, white supremacy, childhoods filled with violence, our judicial system, and America’s appalling lack of gun control.
Many locals claim that Brandon was sexually harassed and a victim of Larry's bullying. Larry's friends say Larry was only retaliating to the bullying he was forced to endure. This is a must-see account of what happened and why. Don't miss this movie tonight on HBO.
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