Stun Gun Gay Student Arrested
Darnell Young, 17, attends Arsenal Technical High School. He is gay but remains unhappy for being unable to be openly gay in the school. In the past, Darnell has worn girl's attire and is obviously a wannabe female. Prior to the apex of this ordeal, he was obviously teased, taunted, called a fag and other names, isolated to small gay group. He went home and told his mother about this ordeal, Chelisa Grimes, went to the school and reported the problem not once, but 10 times. The principal of the school basically stated that if you wear female attire to school and you are guy you should be prepared for negative comments, teasing and taunting.
The situation continued to evolve. There was no beatings or anything worse but name calling, teasing commonly found even between those who simply do not like one another between any students. The difference here was how blatant it was. Angry, the mother provided her son with a stun gun for self defense. Later, the boy was surrounded at school and threatened, taunted. This was by far the worse ever. That is when Darnell pull out the stun gun, raised it, a fired it in the air as a warning shot. Fair enough.
The group backed off and Darnell was called to the office. Awaiting were the police who arrested him for bringing a dangerous weapon to school. He may also be expelled later.
Was this the right thing to do?
We have all gone through HS. We have all probably have worn something stupid to school and have been bullied by taunts and words. Unless you are into fighting and getting expelled, you just shrug it off and yell FU. High School can be brutal. Gays in HS is especially brutal and has been portrayed on TV shows like"My So Called Life" (1994), "Popular" (1999) and many more. Today, many are proud and think they should make through HS unscathed, well, in a perfect world, yes. But, we all know it is not. Openly being gay and wearing girl's clothes is too much for many teens. It can be akin to salt in wound. While gays have a right to do what they want, when it somehow impacts others, directly or not, common sense should tell them to be prepared for openly negative comments and stares. If they are concerned about a reaction in the environment they are in, they should dress or act appropriate. To many teens, rules and regulations are there to challenge and push.
Should the school acted when it first began, yes. Should Darnell be arrested? No. Should he be expelled, not for more than a few days to cool off tempers. Should the others who taunted him be expelled, yes.