Mom Sends Bullied Gay Son to School With Stun Gun
Chelisa Grimes says teachers didn't help Darnell 'Dynasty' Young
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2012 12:29 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Chelisa Grimes was tired of her son, 17-year-old Darnell "Dynasty" Young, being bullied at school—so she sent the gay teen to class with a stun gun. "What is a parent to do when she has done everything that she felt she was supposed to do ... at the school?" the Indiana mom tells CNN, adding that administrators didn’t do enough to help Darnell. He allegedly found himself surrounded by six threatening students last month, set off the stun gun in the air—and was promptly arrested and now faces expulsion for his trouble.

"I brought the stun gun 'cause I wasn't safe," Young says, adding that he finds his punishment unfair. "I didn't use it on nobody. ... All I did was raise it up in the air and went back to my class." The school principal says staff members have long been encouraging Darnell to “tone down” his way of dressing at school: "If you wear female apparel, then kids are kids and they're going to say whatever it is that they want to say." Darnell says that his treatment, including rumors that he was “doing nasty stuff” with teachers, led him to consider suicide.

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Ellie Oaks
Jun 21, 2014 6:27 PM CDT
It's really so sad to hear this, bullies are evrywhere and any child can be a victim anytime and anytime, its so alarming, luckily anti-bullying is strongly campaigned right now. let me just share you something which can really be helpful for your child when they encounter bullying.. Promise this is really a life saver mobile app. Check this out!!/page_home
May 8, 2012 8:54 AM CDT
They both sound like drama queens looking for attention. This is the fodder used by people who oppose openly gay members serving in the military. Gay or straight there is appropriate behavior or dress. This does not excuse the bullies but what is his mom going to do when he goes for a job interview? Tell him to bring a stun gun to interviews because they don't like his way of dressing? Unless he is a true transgender person ,which is a totally different subject, then he should dress appropriately. If it is just a case of playing dress up then he should do it on his free time at home or at his favorite club.
May 8, 2012 6:07 AM CDT
Finally a story where the parents give the kid the support he desperately needs.