Valentine Road Reviews
The tone is more sombre than angry although the defence of Brandon (the perpetrator) is rather blood boiling.
Sadly, it documents the ignorance rampant today in the United States when it comes to hate for those who are different.
While progress has certainly been made in the past decade, what happened to Lawrence "Larry" King in California should happen to no student in America. The tragedy happened because of ignorance and the Oxnard school district and many school employees were nothing but accomplices to murder!
The documentary clearly demonstrated to me that the majority of school officials and the Oxnard community seemed to be more sympathetic to the teen killer than the dead boy who was questioning his identity.
At least one of Larry's teachers shows her true ignorance about LGBT issues in the documentary, while another who provided emotional support to Larry was fired as a result! How messed up is that?
As of the filming of the documentary, the tree planted on the school campus in memory of anyone (but inspired by what happened to Larry King) has no plaque. Yet the superintendent of schools and killer are all smiles during a graduation ceremony for the killer held inside a detention facility after the teen killer struck a 21-year sentence plea deal after a mistrial.