Viktor Kerney

Bullied Gay Teen Faces Expulsion for Firing Stun Gun at School

Filed By Viktor Kerney | May 06, 2012 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, The Movement
Tags: anti-gay bullying, Arsenal Tech High School, bullying, Darnell "Dynasty" Young, gay teens, Indiana, Indianapolis, school bullying, stun gun

Darnell "Dynasty" Young is a gay teen who has been teased and bullied at Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis for months. When his mother reported the incidents to school officials, the school seemed to blame Darnell for being Thumbnail image for Indianapolis Police Departmenttoo gay or too noticeable.

The Indy Star reports:

When the 17-year-old and his mother, Chelisa Grimes, told school officials, she said, teachers and administrators seemed to blame Young for being openly gay.

His behavior and the way he dressed called attention to himself, they said.

He accessorized his outfits with his mother's purses and jewelry. And he loved to dance.

His dance routine to Beyonce's "Single Ladies" won second place at Tech's talent show in December.

"They said that the problem was he was too flamboyant, with his bags and his purses and his rings," Grimes said.

With no support from the teachers or the school, Darnell's mother took matters in her own hands - she gave her son a stun gun to protect himself.

A few weeks later, six bullies surrounded Darnell at school. Feeling threatened, Darnell pulled out the stun gun and shot it in the air. The bullies backed off, but Darnell was escorted out his class by the school police officers.

Now, he could be expelled from school. Watch Darnell explain his situation.

If our kids have to go to extremes to feel safe at school, then the schools are failing them.

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