An openly gay Indianapolis teen who made national headlines last week for bringing a stun gun to school to ward of bullies was attacked at a local mall Friday.
Darnell “Dynasty” Young, 17, says he was expelled because he fired a stun gun in the air to ward off bullies that were physically and emotionally abusive. Young’s mother told Anderson Cooper last week she gave her son the stun gun after school officials repeatedly ignored her request to protect her son.
The teen’s alleged attacker, Khyran R. Delay, 34, has been charged with battery.
According to court documents, Delay told mall security officers that he recognized 17-year-old Darnell “Dynasty” Young from news coverage of his story and tried to talk to Young about it. He said Young got in his face and that he pushed Young.
But Young and Donald Richardson, a janitor who witnessed the incident, told police that when Young walked past Delay’s table in the food court, Delay told Young to get away from him and used homophobic slurs. They said that Delay pushed Young and then hit him in the face, according to court documents. Richardson said he radioed for mall security, and then Delay came toward him because he was mad that Richardson had called security. Security officers arrived and detained Delay.
The IndyStar reports Young’s supporters have organized a rally to raise awareness about bullying Tuesday night before an Indianapolis Public Schools school board meeting.