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October 7, 2013

HBO’s ‘Valentine Road’ highlights work to be done on tolerance

You might know the news story chronicled in “Valentine Road” (9 tonight, HBO), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch this documentary. There are still things to learn, things to ponder from this fine piece of work about children and justice and tolerance. It tells the story of a 2008 shooting in Oxnard, Calif., by Brandon McInerney, 14, of Lawrence King, an eighth grader who was cross-dressing, and as part of a game, embarrassed McInerney by asking him to be his Valentine. Brandon shot Larry in the back of the head in the middle of class. Larry died two days later. The story got national coverage; Ellen DeGeneres gave a heartfelt speech about the killing and about tolerance on her talk show.

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