FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2008
Steve Krantz, PFLAG Southern Pacific Regional Director, (818) 625-2174, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean-Marie Navetta, Communications Director, PFLAG National (202) 467-8180 ext. 213, email@example.com
California PFLAG Chapters Offer Condolences to Family of Slain High School Victim, Urge Schools to Take Serious Action
Ventura, CA — The California chapters of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) have banded together to mourn the fatal shooting of Lawrence King, a student at E. O.School in Oxnard, California. Reports claim that King’s killer was motivated by his hostility towards King because of his sexual orientation and gender expression.
Statement of Steve Krantz, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Southern Pacific Regional Director:
“The tragic shooting of Larry King in his OxnardMiddle School classroom makes us realize that to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) in our country is still fraught with terrible risk. It is imperative that all schools educate our children that being GLBT is a normal difference among people, not something to be feared. Just like racial and religious differences, differences in sexual orientation should be respected, accepted and protected.
This terrible act clearly illustrates the need for schools to pay close attention to the safety of all of their students. Safe schools must be a priority to avoid future tragedies like this one. Whether school officials everywhere acknowledge that this is an issue or not, this is a very real problem in our classrooms across the nation. Our children deserve to be safe, no matter who they are, or how they are perceived. We owe them that much, and need to work for it through education and advocacy to promote equality. Educators, administrators, parents, and students must commit to taking action so this never happens again.
On behalf of PFLAG members in California and across the nation, we offer our sympathies to Larry’s family and friends and want them to know that our hearts and thoughts are with them.”
Visit http://www.pflag.org for updates.
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About PFLAG- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the nation’s premier grassroots organization committed to the civil rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) persons. Founded in 1973 by heterosexual mothers and fathers, PFLAG has 500 chapters and over 250,000 members and supporters throughout the United States.