The ubiquitous Kynt and Vyxsin, Goth personalities stayed up Monday night baking cupcakes for the 1st period class of slain E. O. Jr. High School teen Lawrence King. They are slotted to visit with the class after school in a park close to the campus. Parents, teachers, and students from school will be there for cupcakes, talk, and positivity with the Goth duo.
On Tuesday, February 12, 2008, Lawrence King was brutally shot and killed by another student. Investigations have revealed this was a hate crime perpetrated on a young man that was considered "effeminate, and wore make-up and jewelry to school".
Kynt had been in discussion with the teacher of the class just a little after the incident, offering support and an "anything we can do" attitude. The first period English teacher where the slaying took place jumped at the chance to get, "any sort of help, especially something fun for the kids."
"We can make a difference in this situation, and help make sure Lawrence is NEVER forgotten," Kynt commented. "As a fellow 'Boy-in-Makeup,' I understand and can relate to the torment and turmoil which Lawrence endured from others at his school."
Little did Kynt know, but his own gut reaction was mirrored by A-List celebrities like Ellen Degeneres, Janet Jackson, Rosie O'Donnell and others.
Little did Kynt and Vyxsin know, but a nation of teenagers would be honoring Lawrence "Larry" King today. March 25th, 2008 is a "Day of Silence" for the slain teen. Kynt & Vyxsin will not be alone in their support of safer schools, tolerence, and serious change.
On the TV series, Kynt and Vyxsin were noted for their over-the-top makeup and gender-blurring fashion. The other racers often made derogatory remarks, on air, about Kynt and Vyxsin's appearance - bluntly calling them "freaks" or "witches." This was not the first time they have met intolerance from a misunderstanding public. On the night of September 25th, 2004, Kynt was attacked by three men [in Louisville, KY] who "didn't like the way he looked." Kynt was hospitalized and his face required reconstructive surgery of his left oribital bone, which was crushed in the assault.
Kynt recently issued the following statement online:
"I would like to express my condolences and support to the family and friends of Lawrence King. It has been documented that Lawrence was subjected to marked negativity from fellow male students for occassionally wearing make-up, jewelry, and feminine clothing.
The seemingly harmless jokes and name-calling escalated toward this horrific act of violence. Lawrence was considered an outcast, and often teased for his appearance, which is a situation I can relate to very well, as I am a male who is proud to enjoy a more effeminate appearance.
I am saddened that Lawrence's creativity, free-thinking, and individuality might have contributed to his murder. Every student deserves to attend school with the assumption that they will be safe, no matter how they choose to express themself aesthetically. This is a tragedy but one I feel can be averted in the future with an increased emphasis on diversity and tolerance education in schools.
Parents need to take charge as well, and be mindful of acceptance as they mold the thoughts, ideas, and outlook of their child. Creating a culture based on an 'acceptance and appreciation of difference,' whether that difference is race, religion, sexuality, gender expression, or aesthetic, is the responsibility of EACH and EVERY American. This must happen."
A VIGIL IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD FOR LAWRENCE KING
The candle-light vigil is entitled "Fallen Angel: A Tribute to Lawrence King"and will be held on Wednesday, March 26, at the West Hollywood Park, 647 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 from 5pm to 9pm. Attendees are suggested to bring candles, poetry, photos, personal narratives, and any other artful expression they wish to share with others.
Letters of support for the students at EO Green Junior High will also be collected for delivery to the school. All ages are welcome.
"This vigil is an opportunity for the youth of Los Angeles and surrounding communities to make a statement, a chance to bow our heads, show respect, and stand supportive of a young man taken long before his time," closed Kynt and Vyxsin.
Bil Brown, Publicist
Contact #: (502) 821 3215