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IPS Sued By Gay Teen Expelled For Stun Gun

Darnell "Dynasty" Young says school did nothing to stop bullying, and blamed him for it

8/31/2012

A gay teenager who was expelled after bringing a stun gun to school to protect himself from bullies has sued Indianapolis Public Schools.

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Darnell "Dynasty" Young, 17,  and his mother, Chelsea Grimes, say they reported the harassment to officials at Arsenal Technical High School several times. Their federal lawsuit claims administrators blamed Young for the bullying for being too flamboyant.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis Friday accuses IPS of violating Young's civil rights and also of violating his First Amendment right to free expression for trying to get him to dress differently at school.

Young was expelled for firing the stun gun into the air in April after he said six other students had threatened him. His mother admits to giving Young the stun gun to bring to school. Young was reinstated to a different IPS school in early August, but is instead attending a charter school for his senior year. No students were punished for bullying Young - the school and IPS say Young could not identify them.

IPS has not commented on the lawsuit, which names also names the school board, Superintendent Eugene White, and the principal and assistant principal of Arsenal Tech.

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