A bullied gay student has been expelled from his Indianiapolis High School after firing a stun gun in the air to ward off his attackers.
17 year-old Darnell “Dynasty” Young was harassed daily by bullies at his school. On April 16th, when cornered by the bullies, Young fired a stun gun into the air and the bullies dispersed. He was subsequently arrested.
Young’s mother says she gave her son the stun gun for protection, after it became clear that the young man’s high school was not doing enough to protect him.
“‘I had to do something to protect my child. I was in fear of losing my child, either at the hands of the bullies or either at the hands of himself,’ she told msnbc’s NewsNation.
Principal Larry Yarrell earlier said the school had tried to look into the bullying reports, but Young was not always able to identify all of those who had harassed him. He said they had interviewed staff and students, and he had also recommended that Young ‘tone down’ his accessories.
Carolyn Laub, Executive Director of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, denounced the district’s decision.
‘Dynasty, like many other lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people, was pushed out of school by an administration that failed to keep him safe and by school discipline policies that remove students instead of resolve the problem.'”
Does Dynasty deserve to be expelled for pulling out a stun gun on his attackers?
Should his high school have done more to protect him?
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