Openly gay teen, mother sues Indianapolis schools

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AP-IN--Stun Gun Expulsion-Lawsuit
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(AP) - An openly gay Indianapolis teenager expelled for bringing a stun gun to school to ward off bullies is suing Indianapolis Public Schools.

Seventeen-year-old Darnell "Dynasty" Young and his mother, Chelisa Grimes, allege school officials did nothing to stop the "relentless, severe harassment" he faced in school. The Indianapolis Star reports that their suit seeks unspecified damages over a series of alleged bullying incidents that led Young to fire a stun gun at Arsenal Technical High School this spring to scare away bullies.

The family's attorneys say the district discriminated against Young because despite repeated complaints IPS didn't protect him from bullies who taunted him for being gay.

IPS spokesman John Althardt says the district's attorneys would "review the information and we will respond accordingly," but declined further comment.

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