Brandon McInerney: 'I Wanted To Kill Him'

6a00d8341c730253ef014e899c56ff970d-800wi Brandon McInerney reportedly told a prison psychologist that he obsessed over shooting gay classmate Lawrence King.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

For McInerney, there had been months of pressure to do better in school from his abusive, methamphetamine-addicted father. And now, there was this strange remark from this strange boy -- a comment that McInerney later described as “superdisgusting.”

“I sat and I thought about it over and over,” he told psychologist Douglas Hoagland months after he shot King in a computer lab at E.O. Green Junior High in Oxnard. “It didn’t calm me down. It made me more angry. All I could think about was I wanted to kill him.”

McInerney’s internal monologue came out Monday in a Chatsworth courtroom as a prosecutor tried to shake the testimony of Hoagland, an expert for the defense in McInerney’s murder trial.

In addition to showing how anti-gay sentiment can fester, this trial also highlights why our nation needs to do more to assess and treat mental illness. The fact that McInerney had no where to go for his misguided hate highlights the dearth of treatment and awareness here.

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  1. BUT! BUT! HIS BROTHER WENT TO IRAQ! SURELY HE CAN'T BE A KILLER!!!!

    Posted by: james | Aug 16, 2011 10:53:10 AM


  2. @James Trololol. This kid's finished. So sad.

    Posted by: Sefdef | Aug 16, 2011 11:01:13 AM


  3. What's sad is that Lawrence King is dead. And every bit as sad are the now-traumatized kids sitting in class that day who saw McInerney take out a gun and shoot him twice in the head.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 16, 2011 11:08:33 AM


  4. Is Andy T. on vacation?

    Posted by: Paul | Aug 16, 2011 11:10:40 AM


  5. Even sadder - he did go to teachers, counselors, the principal - and they one and all failed to address his issues. Let's hope that one good thing to come from this tragedy is that it is used to remedy the problems that brought this about.

    Posted by: JH | Aug 16, 2011 11:11:19 AM


  6. And that "problem" is Lawrence King -- right JH?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 16, 2011 11:18:57 AM


  7. The defense let the psychiatrist testify? They want a 3rd degree murder conviction?

    Posted by: anon | Aug 16, 2011 11:25:34 AM


  8. JH *and likely RICK,soon* are always going to blame Lawrence King for his own death. ohhhh blame the gender-nonconformist for being oh-so-different from you "i can pass for white" homosexuals.

    society and the system failed both boys. it failed Lawrence by not promoting a culture that celebrates diversity, and it failed McInerney by shaping him into a monster with no feeling.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 16, 2011 11:32:58 AM


  9. I don't buy this whole mental illness thing:

    Real people taught McInerney to hate. And he CHOSE to latch onto it.

    If King were not gay, this festering by McInerney would be called pure and simple premeditation, no?

    But King IS gay and that was PART of McInerney's motive...to kill a gay guy: I see hate crime, don't you?

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Aug 16, 2011 11:43:36 AM


  10. JH can't see a hate crime cause that's just "Political Correctness."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 16, 2011 11:50:13 AM


  11. But because hating gay people is somehow still socially acceptable, am I right that they are trying to paint in some bogus "homosexual panic" or mental illness defense??

    Not right if they are. Just not right. Seems SOO premeditated.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Aug 16, 2011 11:50:41 AM


  12. can we gays have "gay-panic panic"?

    As in "i had to kill the straight guy because i was afraid he was going to have Gay-Panic and Kill me first?"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 16, 2011 11:57:25 AM


  13. Why does McInerney garner such sympathy from so many? What is it about him that makes some feel so sorry for him?

    What if the situation were reversed and Lawrence King used a gun on Brian McInerney--how much sympathy would they have for King?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 16, 2011 12:03:57 PM


  14. Ha! Good one Little Kiwi!

    Posted by: Myackie | Aug 16, 2011 12:17:46 PM


  15. McInerney was raised as a killer and there is nothing any of us can do about it except lock him away from society where he can do no more harm. It is so sad that neither boy had a chance in life. The only hope is that we learn and change so something like this doesn't happen quite as often.
    Teachers are not responsible for the actions children sent to them by fathers like McInerney, who, is the real villain here.

    Posted by: Joey | Aug 16, 2011 12:32:57 PM


  16. Personally, I don't see how JH is implying that King brought this on himself. The problem he seems to be addressing is McInerney's abusive situation at home and the pressure he was under during this time. Does that mean that picking up a gun and shooting someone in the head twice is an appropriate response? By no means do I think anyone is implying that. But WHY did he go that far? WHY was King's behavior affecting him that way and WHY did it ultimately drive him to commit murder? These are the questions we need to be focusing on, or else we've just lost two more young souls to hatred and violence that we seem to ignore. It's like we've all come down with leprosy, but instead of treating to problem and curing it, we're only slapping Neosporin and happy feel-good bandages on every festering sore until we're covered entirely, but still rotting inside.

    I'm not saying this is excusable, but what I am saying is that one young teenager is dead and another has a sad future ahead of him, and all of this is a result of a much larger, uglier picture that people have been trying to address for years. These are CHILDREN—OUR CHILDREN. They are a product of not one home, but a society, and the sooner we stop making excuses and start addressing the real issues, the more effective we will all be at creating supportive, nurturing spaces for our children to grow up in so that they can become healthy, well-rounded human beings. We have to share this rock, ALL OF US. On what terms we share it is up to us, and no one else.

    Posted by: Jesus | Aug 16, 2011 12:41:18 PM


  17. That's great, Jesus, but we try kids who commit cold-blooded murder as adults all the time, don't we?!

    Why should we have sympathy for THIS 14 yo just because he killed a gay kid...and too many people still think it's accepatable to hate gays.

    Inexcusable.

    Equal justice for all is the way to live on this rock together, dude.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Aug 16, 2011 12:55:31 PM


  18. It's sad that a young kid died, gay or not, and we can't help him, can we?
    And it's sad that another young kid could spend the rest of his life locked up. He grew up with no guidance, withouth anyone teaching him wrong from right. Young minds are easily influenced, if he was only shown hate, that is what he learned, he was not shown how to love because he never received any. So, why shouldn't people feel sad for Brian McInerney? He killed, sure, and it's horrible, but he is alive and he can be thought to love, he can be thought that what he did was wrong.

    Posted by: justme | Aug 16, 2011 1:04:26 PM


  19. All the rehab in the world wouldn't have cured Jeffrey Dahmer.

    For all the "he was made a monster" talk, which I agree with in many respects, the reality is that some people are just hateful sociopaths who are incapable of feeling empathy and compassion for others.

    Dahmer had siblings. They didn't murder.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 16, 2011 1:09:06 PM


  20. Yes, Just_a_Guy, I know we try young people as adults all the time, but does it make the circumstances any less tragic?

    This isn't about sympathy for McInerney, it's about compassion for the humanity of all people. And even more important, it's about addressing the bigger issues at play here. This isn't about this one case, because for every one like this, there are probably hundreds more that don't receive media attention and slip under our radars unnoticed.

    We can sit around and feel self-righteous about our rage and pass judgement on this kid and pat ourselves on the back for letting the justice system put him away, but how does this change anything? It doesn't. This shouldn't have happened in the first place. But it did, and it is horrible, and the only way something good will come of it is if we make it so.

    Putting Brandon in jail for his crime is not unreasonable and will certainly give him the opportunity to turn things around, if he so chooses. But I refuse to lose sight of the fact that this is a young person, not far removed from childhood, and a product of our society, the good parts and the bad. And nothing can change the fact that King is gone. No amount of prison time. Not even the death penalty. There are more questions in these circumstances than there are answers. We just need to find the courage to ask them.

    Posted by: Jesus | Aug 16, 2011 1:09:36 PM


  21. @JustMe: Great, you have sympathy for killers.

    Sorry, but this isn't the time or place. A quarter of the country who HATES gays more than killers is TAKING YOUR EXACT STANCE right now. But they would not take that stance if the roles were reversed.

    It's not the time to sympathize with young killers generally.

    It's time to call for JUSTICE for the murder of Lawrence King. What about THAT boy's life?!

    Hate to say it, but if we gays were more mobilized like other minority communities, there'd be rioting if cold-blooded killer McInerney gets off easy.

    As it is, we are sufficiently oppressed that there won't be rioting: Our best hope might be the PFLAG parents marching in protest.

    The lgbta community should give a D**n about justice for Lawrence King.

    Just sayin.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Aug 16, 2011 1:12:32 PM


  22. It's not time for us to sit by passively and weigh whether we should give more rehab opportunities to young Dahmers.

    No.

    Lawrence King had almost NO ONE.

    If we are not standing up for JUSTICE for the senseless murder of young, innocent Lawrence King, WHO WILL?!!

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Aug 16, 2011 1:15:52 PM


  23. I would be interested to hear from the folks who say that the teachers and principal didn't "address the issues". What would they suggest that the teacher do? "Support diversity?" Great. Sounds awesome, and I support that. But how? How can a teacher with two dozen kids in each class really do anything that would have been effective at avoiding this tragedy? If the principal had encouraged young Lawrence to tone it down, then he/she'd be slammed for stifling Lawrence's individuality. Instead, the principal made the decision to allow Lawrence the latitude to make his own decisions regarding social behavior, and Lawrence ran with that. I can't blame him. McInerney was clearly disturbed enough to kill someone at the drop of a hat, but how could anyone have known that? Did he have a history of violent behavior toward other students? If so, why was he still in the mainstream class? Did the good voters of California decide that they didn't want to fund programs for kids with behavioral problems? Probably. Did they join in the growing chorus of know-nothings characterizing teachers as lazy good-for-nothing tax liabilities who don't deserve their meager salaries and benefits? Most certainly. Did the teachers try to make do with what little they had, in an attempt to continue serving their ever-growing caseload? Of course, teachers have been making do with slim pickings since the dawn of time. I don't claim to have the answer, but I do say that blaming the teachers isn't it.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 16, 2011 1:22:24 PM


  24. If the dumb comment at the end of this article is ever adopted by the country then every bigot and hate-monger, who violates the rights of others, has an excuse. The author just said that bigotry is a disease, a so-called "mental illness." That would mean that no bigot is responsible for the crime they commit since they are not criminals but sick. Hate is hate, it is a criminal offense to harm others, not a disease. And, even if there were such a disease as hate, what precisely gives the author of this article the credentials to diagnose it?

    Posted by: Storey Institute | Aug 16, 2011 1:24:37 PM


  25. "If the principal had encouraged young Lawrence to tone it down, then he/she'd be slammed for stifling Lawrence's individuality. Instead, the principal made the decision to allow Lawrence the latitude to make his own decisions regarding social behavior, and Lawrence ran with that. I can't blame him."

    Agreed, Milkman. Young, innocent Lawrence King did NOTHING wrong.

    To give McInerney a lighter sentence of ANY kind effectively SAYS that young Lawrence did something wrong. That if teachers allow a kid to express a different gender identity, then the law justifies KILLING him...and that teachers should live in FEAR of young psychopaths KILLING diversity students and so should quiet the diversity kids INSTEAD OF standing up to bullies.

    Not cool. This McInerney trial says something about the the state of providing a safe safe for young lgbt students. If McInerney gets off easy, hateful parents will be pressing their kids to mimic McInerney unconscionable actions. This is big.

    Do lgbt kids DESERVE to live in fear for being THEMSELVES?!

    McInerney sympathizers seem to think so.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Aug 16, 2011 1:29:57 PM


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