Group Protests Expulsion Of Bullied Gay Teen Who Fired Stun Gun At School

Darnell “Dynasty” Young, a gay teen who fired a stun gun in the air to ward off bullies at his high school, has been expelled from school until next January.

A group of 300 people, including fellow students and community members, came together last night outside the Indianapolis Public Schools Administration Building to show their support for Young and to protest his expulsion. Many said he was just doing what he needed to do to protect himself from bullies at Arsenal Technical High School, while teachers and administrators stood by idly.

“I’m getting really sick of turning on my television and seeing kids die,” mother Angie Stagge told the Indianapolis Star. “It’s not an issue anymore; it’s an epidemic.”

And apparently the bullying of Young has not ended now that he’s been kicked out of school; in fact, he’s getting beat up by adults now. Reports the Star:

On Friday, Khyran Delay, 34, saw Young in the Circle Centre Mall food court, used homophobic slurs and struck him in the face, according to court documents. Delay has been charged with a misdemeanor count of battery and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

This poor kid can’t catch a break. What do you think is the best solution for Young, an openly gay teen who likes to wear jewelry and use purses? Perhaps he would benefit from going to a school in a more gay-friendly place like New York City.

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  • Fitz

    I am in 100% support of gay people defending themselves when school officials fail to.

  • Steve

    Sure seems like “self defense” to me.

    In Florida, and a few other states, he could have killed the bully, under our “stand your ground” law. But a recent case decided that the “stand your ground” laws do not protect you if you miss the attacker, and not shoot the attacker with deadly force.

    When I was a kid, all the gay kids took karate lessons. After that, no one messed with any of us.

  • Dorian

    I’ve got all the sympathy in the world for the kid, I really do, but we can’t have kids bringing weapons into schools. If it’s alright for him to bring a stun gun (which can and does sometimes kill people) if he feels threatened, why not a real gun? Or a knife? Can only gay kids bring weapons? Can anyone that feels victimized bring a weapon? What if the schools let everyone carry a weapon? I hate the slippery slope argument, but here it seems appropriate. Letting kids bring weapons into schools without consequence is not a good idea.

  • RomanHans

    Telling somebody to take karate classes isn’t an option. Saying kids can’t bring weapons to a dangerous place is unfair.

    > I am in 100% support of gay people defending themselves when school officials fail to.


  • Scott

    If bullied kids bring weapons to school then the bullies will start bringing weapons and the arms race escalates. Sue the school, administrators and teachers who get an F. Maybe their licenses could be revoked. At least file an ethics charge with the state board.

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  • Aussie Col

    So it’s a slipery slide to protct your life? Ok, I suggest Young plans to kill his tormentors…I’ll give him an alibi and some good ideas on how to get these bastards. Maybe we we could let it get to a Columbine situation and hopefully his aim could take out the teachers and administrators. This sucks big time.

  • James

    First, let me say that I am glad the kid stood up for himself but bringing a weapon to school is no good. School officials need to be more aware of what is going on and willing to act on it. We are all tired of hearing stories about young people killing themselves because of bullying. Personally, I would sue the school district. If they had done what needed to be done the kid wouldn’t have needed to go to this extreme. A good lawyer could have a field day with this one. Just saying.

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