CNN’s Don Lemon recently sat down with gay teen, Darnell “Dynasty” Young, who was expelled from school after being caught with a stun gun. The self-proclaimed “flamboyant” gay teenager told CNN that he was fed up with the way the school was handling his situation.
Bullying is a hot topic in the news right now and the high school student has been relentlessly bullied at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis for his sexuality and the way he dresses. After being such an easy target, he finally bought a stun gun and carried it to school. On April 16, he was surrounded by six other students who were threatening to beat him up, when he pulled out the stun gun and raised it over his head. ”I brought the stun gun ’cause I wasn’t safe,” the 17-year-old said.
Darnell’s mother, Chelisa Grimes, backs up his decision and told 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? “I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do, but protect my child.”
Darnell was arrested after the incident and now faces expulsion from school.
His principal, Larry Yarrell, offered some insight on the situation, ”If you wear female apparel, then kids are kids and they’re going to say whatever it is that they want to say. “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.”
What’s upsetting in this situation is that young Darnell was contemplating suicide before he thought about buying a stun gun. “I was at my wit’s end. I didn’t know what to do and I thought about suicide.” “I hate saying that word because God blessed me with this life. I love life. I love my education. I would never … but this bullying got so bad that I thought about that,” said Young.
It seems like school officials did not do enough to help him in this situation. Although he has some trouble ahead with his schooling, it’s a good thing we didn’t lose another young life to hate.
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