An Indiana teen has been suspended and could face expulsion because he brought a stun gun to school to scare off bullies who taunted him with homophobic slurs.
“All day I’d be on my guard,” Darnell “Dynasty” Young, who came out in his freshman year told the Indy Star. “It never got better. It always got worse.”
The teen’s mother says she sent her son to school with the stun gun after school administrators took no action to stop the bullying.
“I do not promote violence — not at all — but what is a parent to do when she has done everything that she felt she was supposed to do … at the school?” the mother, Chelisa Grimes, told CNN’s Don Lemon on Sunday. “I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do, but protect my child.”
“If you wear female apparel, then kids are kids and they’re going to say whatever it is that they want to say,” Larry Yarrell, the principal at Young’s high school told Indystar.com. “Because you want to be different and because you choose to wear female apparel, it may happen. In the idealistic society, it shouldn’t matter. People should be able to wear what they want to wear.”
The six students in question who approached Young have not been suspended, according to CNN.