There is a lot on the news about the shootings at NIU that left too many students dead. It’s too sad a story, and sadly familiar as well.
But there are two other stories of young people who have died that are barely being reported, and are just as important:
- One is Lawrence King’s story, who was shot by a classmate for wearing makeup and heels to school.
- The other is Cameron McWilliams, who took his own life at the age of 10.
As confusing and frustrating as the NIU shooting is, these other two deaths were entirely preventable: if only we could give kids a little more room to be who they are, while ALSO educating people that gender diversity is not immoral, unnatural, or dangerous.
Still, it frustrates me to see that the deaths of these other children are barely being reported, once again confirming the idea that gender diverse people’s lives are worth a little less.