Gay, Bullied Student Facing Expulsion After Mother Sent Him to School with Stun Gun
After reporting the bullying to the school more than 10 times, his mother, Chelisa Grimes, said she gave Young a stun gun for protection, because school authorities weren’t doing enough, MSNBC reports.
“I do not promote violence — not at all — but what is a parent to do when she has done everything that she felt she was supposed to do … at the school?” Grimes told CNN‘s Don Lemon on Sunday. “I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do, but protect my child.”
Now Darnell is facing expulsion for bringing a weapon to school.
For what it’s worth, his mother says she would give him the stun gun all over again if she were given do-over. And it’s not hard to see why a mother would feel that way. Darnell fired the taser off just one time after carrying it for several weeks because he was being surrounded by a group of boys who had been throwing bottles and rocks at him, a group his school was unwilling to protect him from.
There’s really no way to tell in retrospect, but that stun gun may have saved Darnell’s life. Or maybe a stint in the hospital. Or maybe even just another crappy day full of bullying.
What do YOU think? Should Darnell be expelled for bringing a weapon to school? Why were the bullies never disciplined in the first place? Should his mother have given him the taser?