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Bullied gay teen expelled for defending himself with stun gun

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — An independent arbitrator ruled Monday that an Indiana gay teen will remain expelled from Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis until January 7, 2013 for discharging a stun gun on school property to discourage an attack by bullies.

Darnell “Dynasty” Young, 17, carried the stun gun — given to him by his mother — in his backpack for weeks without using it, but on April 16, as he walked between class buildings during a passing period, Young said six students surrounded him, called him names, cursed and threatened to beat him up.

Darnell Young

He said he pulled out the stun gun, pointed it in the air and fired it so it would make the noise, causing the students to retreat.

On Monday, Young and his mother, Chelisa Grimes, were informed that the arbitrator who presided over an expulsion hearing last Wednesday decided to expel him until January 7, 2013. Young will not be permitted to complete his junior year and will alos miss the first semester of his senior year.

“I couldn’t believe that they did it,” Grimes said. “They really kicked him out.”

Grimes and Young can appeal to the Indianapolis Public Schools school board and the courts if necessary, but Grimes said they’re still weighing their options.

The school district issued a statement that read, in part, “While the district does not condone bullying, it also does not allow weapons to be brought on our school campuses for any reason. Students who violate this rule will be held accountable.”

Young said he plans to get his GED and go to college, reported the Indianapolis Star.

Young said he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received.

A rally is planned for May 15, just prior to the Indianapolis Public Schools’ school board meeting, to raise awareness about Young’s case and to pressure the school board to take more steps to prevent bullying.

School Board member Samantha Adair-White has called for an independent investigation into the incident, but she said last week she’s not sure if enough school board members will support her request to proceed.

Grimes and Young can appeal to the Indianapolis Public Schools school board and the courts if necessary, but Grimes said they’re still weighing their options. Young said he plans to get his GED and go to college.

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43 more reader comments:

  1. I disagree with this decision 100%

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:35pm
  2. He stood up for himself…He could of snapped & went in with a gun blowing away everyone

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:36pm
  3. He wouldn’t have needed to have the weapon if the school had done more to help him.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:36pm
  4. I don’t think someone should be using a stun gun to defend themselves, so I agree with this call.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:37pm
  5. i’m sorry but, it is a weapon and you can’t have one at school. as messed up as it is, the school is only following the law. but, things shouldn’t have gotten to that point and that IS on the school. so, shame on the school.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:37pm
  6. He never should have had the stun gun. Sure I can agree with that. But more importantly? He never should have needed it.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:39pm
  7. I disagree With this. This is wrong he was protecting hiself.The school should understand.And doesn’t the school have a rule on bullying ? come on

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:40pm
  8. Ridiculous!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:40pm
  9. Lord Have Mercy, make me sad! honset, i can’t stand homophoia people! ugh!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:41pm
  10. now if this were a straight and more so WHITE straight kid, he would be celebrated for being such a hero. make me fucking sick

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:41pm
  11. U GO BOY!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:41pm
  12. damn thats fucked up

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:42pm
  13. granted…ya probably shouldve waited til after school to do that…but i give u props for standing up to ur bully and showing him u aint gonna take his shit anymore

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:42pm
  14. that is messed up, somebody should have helpped him then it wouldnt have come down to him having to use a stun gun. so its not just his fault all he was doing was defending himself. i disagree 100% as well

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:42pm
  15. Stun gun = weapon. Plain and simple. I know how much of an issue bullying is (I was a victim to it through middle and high school) but that is no excuse to bring a weapon to school and expect to get away with it.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:43pm
  16. Bet the outcome would have been the same if he had mace

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:44pm
  17. well he could have used a knife or a real gun!!!….ppl need to step up and take things into their own hands it seems…our own country isnt even taking care of all of its citizens is it???

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:44pm
  18. Bullied or not, it’s never alright to bring a weapon to school. Yes, the school certainly should have done more to help the kid, but this is NOT the way to retaliate.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:45pm
  19. If this had been a straight kid with a rifle they’d be praising him. Where in the hell were the adults that were supposed to protect him?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:47pm
  20. sp the moral of the story is ” when bullied, just take it and shut the fuck up” eh?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:51pm
  21. The news said he turned it on in the air to scare the kids away but did not use it on them. Arsenal is a rough school and discipline is lacking in many areas of the school, but clearly not lacking here. I’d rather he scare the bullies with a stun gun than suicide. Rally’s are being formed on his behalf in Indy.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:51pm
  22. there are way too many pics popping up online lately of abused teens in the lgbt community looking soo messed up…so when u go to school and u are dealing with ppl ganging up on u because of ur sexuality u have to do something to retaliate when your cant even rely on your own school for support ….the school isnt going to tell these guys to stop ganging up on him!!! and its not illegal in all of these states to harass ppl based on sexual orientation

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:57pm
  23. did the bullies also get expelled???

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:58pm
  24. are the bullys also going to be kicked out? that would be only right

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:59pm
  25. the unresponsive staff at the school should be fired for allowing the situation to escalate to this point.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 8:02pm
  26. I’m on YOUR SIDE Boo- FIGHT LIKE HELL!! You fighting back against injustice and HATE will insure that future innocents like yourself may not have to suffer the way you and your beautiful wonderful supportive loving Mother have been suffering.. Tear to eye for you and she, but a smile on the face for the ones your pain and suffering will save!! Good Luck Boo- Do NOT ever Give Up… Do NOT ever Back Down K~

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 8:07pm
  27. yes it is. bullies have changed they know there will be an excuse no matter what. the bitches.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 8:10pm
  28. the only reason bullies have changed is because schools have let them…i mean obviously it doesn’t only happen in schools but we have to maintain some type of control with our children…otherwise they all end up looking like beat up sacks of potatos

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 8:28pm
  29. what is society teaching the next generation of children?? thats its okay to hate and abuse someone they dont know based on judgement? thats what all this says to me…please correct me if i am wrong,,,

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 8:31pm
  30. The rule is no weapons in school period regardless of anything, last time I checked a taser is still a weapon. The decision was based on an existing rule not on him being gay.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 9:02pm
  31. I hope you people have better ideas for how he and his mother could’ve protected himself from those bullies, because I wouldn’t. The school FAVORS the bullies! What was he supposed to do? Move out of Indiana?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 9:13pm
  32. if U ask for Help and No One helps U….U gotta Move on that. Their Lucky it was just a stungun…some other people might consider doin More Damage..this is a crzy day n age,U shouldnt Mess w People..He’s Smart cuz at least he didnt do anything worse and Its a Flag to others to Stand Up For Yourself.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 9:18pm
  33. in an Ideal fairyland world..kids dont bring weapons to school.But we all know reality..if Ur eyes are Open that is. He could be the one done in by his bullies…Mathew Shepard over n over…When are U gonna just..Fight Back..Just Go..Deliver it in a way they will understand,clearly..Like a Tolling Bell…Stop being doormats.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 9:23pm
  34. …I sometimes wonder if there is justice in the world at all.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:05pm
  35. I guess this school prefers the suicide approach to solving the problem. The students who threatened him should have been expelled for even longer. Then maybe he wouldn’t have NEEDED a stun gun at school. HELLO?!?!?!?!??!?!?!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:09pm
  36. Narrow minded people

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:10pm
  37. I have noticed that for most of us out of school….handling bullies looks easier,doesn’t anyone remember the fear and being out numbered or being surrounded ?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:13pm
  38. i remember to well bonnie.. this kid did what was right. he brought a none lethal weapon to school kept it in his backpack for weeks even though he could have used it day one and fired it in the sky not at the people around him. he did everything he could to not hurt anyone to stay out of trouble but when his safety was on the line he had no choice. i would do the same exact thing he did and been proud of the fact i did not bring a true gun to school and start blowing people away or shot myself.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:58pm
  39. I think all bullies should b expelled from school and made to repeat their grade over. This would really hit seniors the hardest.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 12:00am
  40. Schools systems are dumb they more worried about teaching the students who could be In danger what if the same bully just snaps brings a gun and shoots people will they just be expelled? Bullies are number one reason to suicide wake the fuck up people pay attention to this……Peoples voice change attitude change actions mood swings pulling back from people being anti social! Lots of bullies cause others to kill them self just vol you what to look for before one does! That’s just a few even the most fortunate ones have problems. Always pay attention to the little things! Punish bullies!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 4:02am
  41. If u read the original article u may c my point… I am disagreeing w all ppl involved except for the decision made by school board by expelling this young man!! The school should have bn protecting him instead of saying by carrying his mother’s purse, jewelry, and his flamboyancy was causing the bullying!! His mother of all ppl should have never given him a stun hundred regardless of her wanting her son protected!! And the young man should have never resorted to pulling the stun gun out! Although he shot it in the air and no one was harmed wht if he would have felt the need to point it at someone? Wht if tht person had unknown health issues and bn stunned would have killed em!?! There are absolutely no weapons allowed in school for a reason!!! We in the LGBTQ community need to stick by, school others side when no one else listens so this sort of thing doesn’t escalade and adds one more statistic for LGBTQ!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 5:05am
  42. In regards to those who say such things as if he were white or straight would he have bn expelled… YES they would have bn you!!! A weapon is a weapon lethal or not! If the stun gun would have bn used in someone w health issues it could have ended in murder or wht if ur would have bn stolen n put in someone else’s possession? We have all bn bullies one way or another in life but never gives us the right use force! If teachers weren’t helping, mother obviously made a bad decision, then he should have went to friends, police, or some other source of support!!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 5:19am
  43. fact is in Indiana if your bullied its considered your fault. It doesn’t matter if you’re hurt or threatoned. The bast thing for this kid is to get the hell out of Indiana.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8:09am