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Indiana Gay Teen Faces Expulsion From School For Carrying A Stun Gun To Protect Himself From Bullies

Darnell “Dynasty” Young  a teen-aged gay student at Tech High School in Indianapolis, Indiana is facing expulsion for carrying a stun gun to school that his mother gave him to protect himself bullies because the school cannot

According to the Indianapolis Star Darnell’s troubles started when he moved from Arizon to Indianapolis to live with his mother:

When he arrived at the new school, his new classmates were more confrontational. His outgoing personality made stand out from the other students. Even some of the other gay students were unfriendly, he said.

They cursed at him in the school hallways and taunted him with homophobic slurs.

They followed him home from his bus stop and threatened to beat him up.

One night, as he walked home from his after-school job, they threw rocks at him.

“All day I’d be on my guard,” he said. “It never got better. It always got worse.”

Young broke down in tears when a rumor circulated that he performed sex acts in the bathrooms. He said he thought about committing suicide.

When Darnell and his mother made bullying complaints to the the school than 10 times, but Tech High did not formally investigate any of their complaints except for one.

Danell’s mother called the school about students following him home from the bus stop, but school officials said they could not do anything since the students were not on school property and when  she complained other times Larry Yarrell, the Tech principal, said school staff said they would try to help Darnell and suggested that  “tone down” his accessories.

In response Darnell’s mother gave him a stun gun for protection because she says she feared for his safety and says she would never have given him a real gun or a knife:

The small weapons come in a range of voltages. They do not shoot bullets but give an electric shock that temporarily incapacitates people. Unlike Tasers, they don’t have barbs that shoot out of the gun and embed in people’s flesh. Instead, the shooter must place the gun on or close to people to shock them. They’re not considered deadly under Indiana law, but they are not allowed on school property.

One day, when the bullies threatened him again, he pulled it out and fired it in the air. School officials were then alerted that he had it, and Darnell now faces expulsion from the school..

Why are the victims always punished for defending themselves, but nothing ever happens to the bullies?

In the Midwest and other heavily socially conservative states, this is the mentality. It is not bullying that is the issue, it’s gay people. If you were less of a queer, you wouldn’t get bullied, and that’s essentially what the staff at Tech High said to Darnell and his mother and passively gives the bullies permission to harass Dynasty.

It’s the mentality behind the Don’t Say Gay bills, behind the paranoia about marriage equality, and the fear of teaching gay history in schools.

Its stories like this that point to the real problem in LGBT teen bullying cases.  And that is that its  not only the bullies themselves that are to blame but also the adults in their lives, their parents, and in some cases their schools that exasperate the bully epidemic by turning a blind eye and blaming the victim instead of the criminals and they too should be held into account and punished accordingly.

National Organization For Marriage Supporter Larry Adams Brings Gay Hate Signs With Nooses To Indiannapolis Rally And NOM Allows Them At Rally (Video)

Bil Browning founder of The Bilerco Project is an Indianna native and today attened The National organization For Marrigaes “One Man, One Woman” rally in Indiannapolis where he saw the sign above being displayed by one of the 29 NOM supporters who were in attendance.  NOM did nothing and said nothing until the man and let the sign be displayed until the maker of the sign, obviously inbreed sheep fucker Mike Adams agreed to an interview with the Courage Campaign team and just as the interview began, one of the NOM flacks rushed over to warn him, “We don’t want anything inflammatory said.”
 
So NOM doesn’t want anything infammatory said but its okay to carry signs at thier rallt’s that promote the lynching gays.

But remember.  Maggie says WE’RE the haters.

Utterly disgusting.