Mother sends son to school with stun gun to confront bullies

An Indiana mother who sent her gay son to school with a stun gun after administrators apparently didn’t do enough to stop the bullying against him said she would do it again — even though the teen now faces expulsion.

“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.”

The school district held an expulsion hearing last week but no decision has been announced…

Mail me a penny postcard when the school district questions the implementation of their failed policies.

After six other students surrounded Darnell at school on April 16, calling him names and threatening to beat him up, Young pulled the stun gun from his backpack. He raised it in the air, setting off an electric charge, and sending the group scurrying, Young said…

“I got kicked out of school for me bringing the weapon to school, but I honestly don’t think that that was fair,” Young said. “I didn’t use it on nobody. … All I did was raise it up in the air and went back to my class…”

School police officers arrested him a short time later and took him away in handcuffs, The Indianapolis Star reported. School officials are investigating the incident, but none of the students who allegedly surrounded Young has been positively identified…

And no one – from school officials to local coppers – has done a damned thing to protect this student.

Grimes contends that school officials haven’t done enough to protect all students on campus.

“I think that the self-protection device is what’s making the news, but the big picture is that my child is not the only one who does not feel safe at our school,” she said…

A 2009 survey of 7,261 middle and high school students found that nearly nine out of 10 LGBT students had experienced harassment at school over the previous year and nearly two-thirds felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation.

Accusing the victim is part of the American ethos. It’s always easier than trying to resolve questions of ethics. As a rule, authorities are generally cowards in the face of bigotry and bullying. They’ve only just learned that they must pretend to act to seem a little bit competent and concerned.

Yes, it would be nice to be able to count on officialdom to live up to the regulations they passed – but, the need to protect yourself from the violence of bigots is a stronger and deeper imperative. I applaud Mrs. Grimes and her son.

One thought on “Mother sends son to school with stun gun to confront bullies

  1. the stay at home philosopher says:

    I spent some time volunteering to work with juveniles. NUMBER 1 topic…the schools (teachers, principals, disciplinarians, etc…) did NOTHING to protect bullied students. They preferred to let them “work it out” on their own until it reached a level where police had to be called in to arrest both parties. This is called the “Zero Tolerance” policy. And that is the reality of how it works.

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