IN Gay Teen Suspended For Having Stun Gun Attacked In Mall

A gay Indianapolis teen who was suspended from school when he fired a stun gun in the air to ward off bullies, was assaulted at his mall jobl.

Darnell “Dynasty” Young, 17, had been given the weapon by his mother after administrators at Arsenal Technical High School did little to stop her son’s bullying. Cornered by classmates, he fired the gun in the air—and was later suspended for his actions.

Sadly, it appears hatred didn’t stop at the classroom door: At his job a the Circle Centre Mall, Young was approached by a man who recognized him from news reports. Khyran R. Delay uttered homophobic slurs at young and then physically assaulted him until a nearby janitor contacted mall police.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Delay claimed Young instigated the incident:

According to court documents, Delay told mall security officers that he recognized Young from news coverage and tried to talk to Young about it. He said Young got in his face and that he pushed Young.

But Young and Donald Richardson, a janitor who witnessed the incident, told police that when Young walked past Delay’s table in the food court, Delay told Young to get away from him and used homophobic slurs. They said Delay pushed Young and then hit him in the face, according to court documents. Richardson radioed for mall security, and Delay, angered that security had been called, approached him. Security officers arrived and detained Delay.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer Eric Simmons, who investigated the incident, said in court documents that he noticed redness in Young’s left eye where Delay allegedly struck him.

Delay was arrested on a misdemeanor count of battery and will appear in court next week.

Unlike his school, Young’s place of employment has taken his harassment seriously: mall security has offered to escort him to and from work.

At a rally held in his honor Young said the problem is bigger than just him: “We’re not just fighting for me. We’re fighting for other children that lost their lives. We’re fighting for people that’s going through stuff that I’m going through.”

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  • Homomofo

    This poor kid just can’t catch a break. I hope things get easier for him soon. Keep your chin up Darnell!

  • yaph

    Time to put the stun gun away and carry a real gun.

    Unfortunately his only choices are prison or death because black people aren’t allowed to claim self defense. Instead of holding rallies they should start a donation fund to relocate him. Maybe he has family out of state and the next tragedy can be averted.

  • Ron

    @yaph: Bel Air?

  • RK

    Sounds like a hate crime if homophobic slurl were used during the confrontation. He should contact the appropriate authorities (not local homophobic police) and go after this guy full force.

  • Reed Braden

    1) Punish kid for protecting himself.
    2) Take away kid’s protection for “safety” of other kids.
    3) Kid gets attacked, defenseless.
    Smooth move, liberals.

  • William

    This poor kid (Soon to be adult) cannot be put in these situations any longer. Especially being black with a system rigged against him.


  • benjamin

    reed braden you put blame on liberals but liberal people dont go around assaulting people because of there sexual orientation or percieved sexual orientation liberals are not fighting gay marraige and liberals a fighting for more rights for the lgbt community than conservatives and republicans so get off your fucking high horse and blame the homophobes for these kind of attacks not liberals fucking idiot!

  • Jakey

    @Reed Braden: Liberals? LOL, you’ve got to be kidding.

  • Polyboy


    Go to hell Reed Braden, take your lies and stupidity with you.

  • FreddyMertz

    @Reed Braden: LOL..put down the poppers or whatever recreation product you may be sniffing. He was probably attacked by someone who identifies himself as a “Christian” and conservative…so which is worse?

  • hassia

    @yaph: Hey I would even donate.

  • EvonCook

    @Reed Braden: Your comment is pretty stupid don’t you think?

  • ScaryRussianHeather

    Well I’m sure Anderson Cooper will be covering this story. And he’ll feel so proud “helping” the kid. And all the people in Indiana will be so happy that a national star is covering it. From the comfort of the closet of his $4 Million protected job.

  • Jake

    @Reed Braden: huh? liberals? Don’t you mean smooth move clueless conservative school administrators?

  • jackpapa

    All this liberal/conservative BS. Let’s try to keep our eyes on the ball shall we? This kid needs our help. Now is there ANY organization stepping up to make sure he knows he is not alone, telling him that his fight is our fight, and that he is on the right side of history (his own, and ours)? We cannot allow him to have one moment of self-doubt, a feeling that no one is watching out for him, a sense of isolation in which his thoughts turn dark. WE MUST BE THERE FOR HIM – for our failure to do so is exactly how we lose these wonderful kids.

    I am with you Darnell

  • John T

    The only thing that school will respect is a huge lawsuit. Money always talks.

  • UsualPlayers

    Sad. this is why its important for us to learn how to defend ourselves like this kid was originally trying to do, and those here were condemning him. The fact is that defense like stun guns are necessary rather than something that polite society can say is wrong when one is facing threats like this. I don’t think he needs a real gun. But he does need the ability to defend himself.

  • Rockery

    Poor guy

  • Chad

    I’m curious, how old is the “kid” and how old is the alleged attacker? If young is underage and the attacker of adult age shouldn’t the charge be more than a misdeamer count of batter?

  • Make It Great

    I love this kid. I wish I had been as brave as him when I was bullied. Where can we send him donations? He is great.

  • jack jett

    He is a very handsome man. I wish him well and admire his kick ass attitude.

  • Trent

    To the responses that say he should carry a gun. Please wake up. This is Indiana. There is no need for him to carry a gun. The stun gun would do just fine. I like how the first thing you jump to is to shoot and maybe kill someone instead of just defend yourself. Some people need to address the fact they were bullied and move on in life.

  • here there

    @Reed Braden: thats a joke right? how do any of those three points have any relation to a liberal point of view?

  • 13Zeroither

    god damit, this is really disgusting. Poor kid :( I hope things get better for him

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