A lesson in hate

Re "Student is declared brain dead," Feb. 14

Where does an eighth-grade child learn such hate and disregard for human life that he would shoot and kill another boy for being different? Look around. Gays and lesbians in the United States are still second-class citizens. We are bashed every day. We are the target of bullies in our work lives, private lives, crossing the street or going to school. A little boy in Oxnard dares to express himself and is taunted publicly and then killed. Who pulled the trigger? Look around.

Randy Pesqueira

Garden Grove

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