Forum Center, 5/15/12

Bullied Seventeen Year Old Expelled for Taking Stun Gun to School

People of normal sensibilities are offended by the boorish behavior of bullies. Watching someone being bullied invokes different responses from different people. The responses range from watching bullying tactics with a level of discomfort, but in silence, to a decision to intervene and stop the attack. Sociologists tell us that bullies have probably been bullied themselves, and thus at one point in time were probably the victim of such attacks. The preferred response to bullying therefore is education rather than one of a more direct and aggressive approach. Try telling that to a parent whose child is continuously bullied at school, especially when school authorities fail to address the problem. Parental instincts cry out for a solution to a child’s anguish.

That was the situation recently at an Indianapolis Arsenal Technical High School where an Indiana mother sent her gay son, seventeen year old Darnell “Dynasty” Young, to school with a stun gun to protect him against bullies. The teen now faces expulsion from school for the next year. His mother, Chelisa Grimes, says she would do it again. Grimes stated that she sent her son to school with the stun gun for his own safety. According to Grimes, she had complained to school officials on ten different occasions about the treatment her son was receiving at the hands of his fellow students. When she felt the school was not protecting Darnell, she felt that sending the stun gun was the only way to protect him. Grimes was reacting to the daily taunting as well as physical attacks with rocks and bottles that were thrown at her son.

Darnell carried the stun gun in his backpack for a few weeks without taking it out. On April 16, 2012 he was at school and had the stun gun in his backpack. At some point Darnell was surrounded by six students calling him names and threatening to beat him up. Young pulled the stun gun from his backpack. As a warning to the bullies to stop messing with him, he raised the stun gun in the air and set off an electric charge. Reportedly, the six bullies went scurrying. But his victory was short lived. The school authorities came down on Darnell and he was led away from school in handcuffs. At this point, no discipline against the six students who were threatening Darnell has been undertaken.

Chelisa Grimes believes her son was acting in self-defense and insists that she would send the stun gun with him again if she had to do it all over.

Forum Question of the Week:

If, indeed, the numerous cries of a mother about her bullied gay son went unanswered by his high school, should 17 year old Darnell Young be expelled for taking matters into his own hands by bringing a stun gun to school?

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David H. Landon
David H. Landon is the former Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party Central Committee. He can be reached at DaveLandon@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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