A mother in Indiana sent her gay son, Darnell ‘Dynasty’ Young, to school with a stun gun in order to protect him from the bullying he was going through after school officials repeatedly failed to resolve the issue.
Now Darnell may be punished with expulsion for bringing the stun gun to Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis after a school district hearing was held last week and the mother says she would do it again.
Chelisa Grimes tells CNN, “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?”
She added, “I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do, but protect my child.”
Young explained he got in trouble after 6 other students surrounded him back on April 16th and started calling him names and threatening to beat him up. So he pulled the stun gun from his pack back, raised it in the air and pulled the trigger, not pointing it at anyone. He said all the students ran off after that.
He said, “I brought the stun gun ’cause I wasn’t safe.”
“I got kicked out of school for me bringing the weapon to school, but I honestly don’t think that was fair,” Young said. “I didn’t use it on nobody. … All I did was raise it up in the air and went back to my class.”
After the incident, police came to the school and arrested Young, who is known to also be a flamboyant dresser of female clothing.
Principal Larry Yarrell said they knew of the bullying going on, but they were also trying to get Young to ‘tone down’ his dress to curtail the confrontations.
“If you wear female apparel, then kids are kids and they’re going to say whatever it is that they want to say,” Yarrell told The Indianapolis Star. “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 district has yet to issue its punishment.
Young is currently suspended from school while an investigation continues.