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.