More problems for Darnell Young—seen at left with his twin brother Darell—the openly gay Indianapolis high school student who was expelled for carrying a stun gun to scare away bullies. The 17-year-old boy was attacked at a local mall and struck in the face by a man twice his age, reports the Indianapolis Star.
According to court documents, [Khyran R. Delay, 34] told mall security officers that he recognized 17-year-old Darnell "Dynasty" Young from news coverage of his story and tried to talk to Young about it. He said Young got in his face and that he pushed Young.
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 that Delay pushed Young and then hit him in the face, according to court documents. Richardson said he radioed for mall security, and then Delay came toward him because he was mad that Richardson had called security. Security officers arrived and detained Delay.
Delay has been charged with misdemeanor battery. He is being held at the the Marion County Jail pending a Wednesday bond hearing.
Young says classmates at Arsenal Technical HS relentlessly bullied him ever since he arrived in October from Arizona—taunting him, calling him names, following him home and even throwing rocks at him. On 16 April, Young eventually fired a stun gun into the air to scare off a group of six kids who used gay slurs and threatened to attack him. Young was suspended and remained out of school until his expulsion on 8 May.
Young and his mother said they told the school about the bullying "more than 10 times"—but the school only formally investigated one complaint. The stun gun was given to him by his mother, who says school authorities were not helpful and told Darnell to "tone down" his accessories and mannerisms. But she said she doesn’t regret her choice.
It takes a real big man to beat down a gay teenager that is half his age. Sure, it gets better—but when?