Thank you for the link, ISPTRAX.
I think that unhealthy jealousy and rivalry often exists between adolescent girls regardless of sexual orientation. And I don't think it's right to identify a child with a sexual label, gay or straight or whatever.
I think you are probably bothered by mostly the fact that they state she was a lesbian. Now I have thought about this in reading this case as well? How did a 12 year old come to the conclusion she was a lesbian? Was she really or was the other girl just infatuated with her and she didn't give feelings back?
I think it is most likely that Shanda had a crush on another girl...many girls do when they are that age. It doesn't mean that she was a lesbian. It's inaccurate to use the same labels that we use for adult relationships for relationships between children.
I guess I just feel that it is wrong to sexualize a child in any way. Especially when using those labels may somehow imply or insinuate that that child's behavior led to her own death.
It's beyong horrible I see where y'all are coming from too. It just really strikes me as wrong to use the word "lesbianism" when describing the murder of a kid.
Not to dwell on this (but we all do this on websleuths :crazy: ). There's one part of the book where they had hit Shanda in the head multiple times in the head with a tire iron and stuffed her in the car trunk to take her out and dispose of her, thinking she was dead. When they opened the trunk, she slowly raised up with the bludgeoned areas of her head showing, her eyes rolled back, gurgling and murmuring "Mommy"... I will always be haunted by how awful that had to be.
Shanda herself said that?