After being relentlessly bullied by his peers, Chelisa Grimes gave her 17-year-old gay son a stun gun to protect himself. Grimes says she and her son, Darnell “Dynasty” Young, were at their wits end after informing school officials of the bullying and giving her son the weapon was a last resort.

“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?” Grimes said on CNN. “I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do, but protect my child.”

Young alleges he was tormented and threatened for months, but found that school officials were of no assistance. The school’s principal, Larry Yarrell, told a local Indiana paper that Young—a flamboyant dresser—should have expected to be harassed because of the way he dressed.

“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,” he explained to The Star.

After being bullied for months, things finally came to a head when Young found himself surrounded by 6 students threatening to beat him up. Young claims he lifted the stun gun above his head to scare the other young men, and returned to class, never intending to hurt anyone.

Young was arrested by school police for brandishing a weapon, but the 17-year-old thinks being expelled from school is unfair.

“I got kicked out of school for me bringing the weapon to school, but I honestly don’t think that 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.”

Young says he considered suicide because the bullying got so bad and that he never would have brought the stun gun to school if administrators and teachers had done a better job keeping him safe.

“I was at my wit’s end. I didn’t know what to do and I thought about suicide,” Young said. “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.”

Bullying has become a hot-button issue as more and more students have come forward to shine a light on this troubling practice. With kids turning to suicide to cope with being tormented in schools, many parents are turning to drastic measures to keep their kids safe.

What do you think? Should Dynasty Young be expelled from school or should administrators to more to keep kids safe in school? 

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  • jw

    @RJ. I made a mistake when I wrote homosexuality is the only thing that God calls an abomination.But when it concerns what you wrote,about shrimp&fabrics.I don’t recall Jesus speaking through the apostles,in the new testament that shrimp&fabrics are abomination.But homosexuality is called a Abomination,in both the old testament& new testament.I’am still puzzled,as to the time that I post a comment is relevant to what the word of God saids.I would think that you would be more concern about getting right with God.Which means to repent,accept Jesus Christ as your Lord & savior & obey the word of God.But like you said,”you don’t care”.

    • L

      The bible has been written and re written ad infinitium….to reflect the writers and the people in power ideology.

      But you have the right to your opinion.

  • jw

    @Apple. Your right about premarital sex being a sin.But I’am sorry to disapoint you.I’am not having premarital sex.Im aware that God means what he saids,and saids what he means.I’am not stupid enough to do what God clearly views as a sin.Not obeying what God commands,will surely lead me and everyone else a spot in the lake of fire.We were all born sinners.But the difference between born again christians & the world,is that we were smart enough to take what God offers everyone.Which is to become a new creature in Christ.By asking God’s forgiveness & repenting.One of the crazy things about this.Is it’s not to late to avoid eternity in the lake of fire.Yet people still refuse to become a born again christian.I thank God my salvation isn’t based on rather I can get people to agree & obey the word of God.But I won’t stop what God commands,which is to tell people about the word of God.No matter how many insults you & peoplpe throw at me,nothing anyone saids will change the word of God.

  • Bee

    @Apple: I heart you. :)

    @JW: Look, I’m just going to keep this 100%, no matter how harsh it sounds. First, not everyone believes in your little invisible sky fairy, okay. (Yes, a substantial portion of this nation does, for reasons beyond my comprehension, but some of them still have a sense of proportion and compassion.) Second, no one should have such beliefs forced upon them through law, bullying, etc. The young man, Dynasty, has a right to be himself–he is not harming anyone–and people like you have no right to say otherwise. Get a doggone grip, a clue, and a sense of compassion. I mean, damn. You have to be a truly miserable, unhappy human being to spew the mess you are spewing on this site. The older I get, the more convinced I am that the world is full of miserable people who want to make everyone else miserable. For your own sake and everyone else’s, JW, open your eyes and your heart (deal with your childhood trauma or whatever it is that causes you to cling so dearly to that book) and wake the hell up. Life is too hard already, without you making it even harder with your bible thumping sky fairy nonsense.