There are new developments after last week's heartbreaking story of 17-year-old Darnell Young—seen at left with his twin brother Darell— the gay Indianapolis high school student who was relentlessly bullied and faces expulsion after using a stun gun his mother gave him to protect himself.
A member of the Indianapolis Public School Board wants an independent investigation of Young's case and the bullying that he experienced, reports The Indianapolis Star.
Samantha Adair-White said she doesn't trust the district to do a fair investigation, and she wants to know how big a problem bullying is. "Everybody in the community should be livid about this," she said. "This is serious."
IPS Superintendent Eugene White denied her request for an investigation in an email that Adair-White provided to The Indianapolis Star, but the district did not respond to requests for comment Thursday. Adair-White still could get an investigation if a majority of the seven-member board approves it. She said she doubts she'll get enough votes to proceed but said she thought it was important to request the investigation because of the seriousness of what happened.
Young has been suspended from Arsenal Technical HS since April 16. The openly gay student say classmates taunted him, called him names, followed him home and even threw rocks at him. 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 on campus.
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.
Young's expulsion hearing was held on Wednesday and a decision is expected within days. Darnell Young's mother is not optimistic.
Chelisa Grimes said ... the independent arbitrator who presided over the meeting didn’t want to hear about the bullying. The arbitrator only wanted to talk about the fact that he brought the stun gun onto school property and fired it into the air to scare away six students who threatened to beat him up, she said. Without the back-story, she said, she thinks the arbitrator will expel him.
But she said she doesn’t regret her choice, even though her son might be punished. "I’ll never regret protecting my child," she said during an interview with The Star and “Good Morning America.
Just heartbreaking on so many levels. Numerous studies have shown that Black LGBT youth are more likely to be victims of harassment and violence—and least likely to receive services.
A decision is expected by Wednesday.
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