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?