Gay student expelled for firing weapon at school
Indiana, USA student Darnell 'Dynasty' Young says he fired a stun gun in the air because he felt threatened
Nearly a month after firing a stun gun at school, Darnell Young has been expelled.
The Indianapolis high school student’s mother gave him the weapon for self-defense after months of bullying.
Young carried the stun gun in his bag for weeks until April 16. Reports state that six students surrounded Young, and he shot the stun gun in the air to ward them off. Young was arrested on campus shortly after and a hearing on his matriculation was held last week.
‘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,’ said Mary Louise Bewley, director of the district’s Office of School and Community Relations, in an email statement.
In an interview with CNN yesterday, Young’s mother Chelisa Grimes said given the chance, she would give her son the weapon again.
Young will not be able to return to school until 7 January 2013.
‘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,’ said Carolyn Laub, executive director of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, to MSNBC news.