INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (CBS Cleveland) — An Indiana mother gave her gay son a stun gun to use while defending himself against bullies at school.
Seventeen-year-old Darnell Young says he has been repeatedly threatened and even had rocks thrown at him because he is openly gay at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis.
“All day I’d be on my guard,” Young told the Indianapolis Star. “It never got better. It always got worse.”
To help protect her son, Young’s mother, Chelsea Grimes, decided to give him a stun gun to bring to school to defend himself.
“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 told CNN. “I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do, but protect my child.”
Now Young faces expulsion after threatening students last month that were bullying him at school.
“I got kicked out of school for me bringing the weapon to school, but I honestly don’t think that was fair,” Young told CNN. “I didn’t use it on nobody. … All I did was raise it up in the air and went back to my class.”
Larry Yarrell, the school’s principal, told the Star that he suggested to Young to “tone down” the flamboyant accessories he was wearing to school.
“If you wear female apparel, then kids are kids and they’re going to say whatever it is that they want to say,” Yarrell told the Star. “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.”
The school’s community relations department had no comment when reached by CBS Cleveland.
The students who have been accused of bullying Young have yet to be identified.
The decision on whether to expel Young is expected to be handed down in the coming days.