Darnell Young's mother gave him a stun gun for protection at school in Indiana, USA after months of bullying.
Now, Young faces expulsion for firing the stun gun in the air when he was surrounded and taunted by fellow students on campus last month.
Young's mother Chelisa Grimes said in a CNN interview yesterday: 'I do not promote violence- not at all- but what is a parent to do when she has done everything that she felt was supposed to do? I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do, but protect my child.'
She reported that her son's grades and demeanor had taken a turn for the worse after bullying complaints went unresolved.
Larry Yarrel, principal of Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, told The Indianapolis Star: 'If you wear female apparel, the kids are kids and they're going to say whatever it is that they want to say'.
Young is known as a flamboyant dresser, and had been told by school officials to 'tone down' his style.
Young was arrested on campus shortly after firing the stun gun. A hearing was held last week, but a decision on Young's expulsion has yet to be reached. Witnesses of the event have refused to identify Young's bullies.