by: The Qu
After making numerous pleas to the Aresenal Technical High School administration for the protection of her 17 year old son, Darnell “Dynasty” Young, who had been subjected to bullying for being openly gay, Darnell’s mother,?Chelisa Grimes, sent her son to school with a stun gun for personal protection and now Darnell faces expulsion for brining a weapon to school.
“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?” the mother, Chelisa 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.”
Sadly, Darnell’s story is all too familiar to many LGBTQ people, who not only have suffered at the hands of bullies, but were not protected by school administrators and were told to modify their behavior instead of punishing the students responsible. In a time where the idea of so-called “Stand Your Ground Laws” are being debated, it’s worth wondering where the NRA is to defend Darnell’s right to protect himself when no one else would. While there is no question that weapons have no place in the school system, what other avenues are left for students that have been systematically denied protection?