Everyday there are new stories about bullies. Children (sometimes adults) often suffer in silence for many years. Most victims simply give up after getting no results, being blamed or being told to 'be more assertive'. Too often, the victims commit suicide or mass murder. Schools have jumped on the 'No More Bullying!' bandwagon with bold slogans and new 'rules' and the 'popular' kids making anti-bullying videos for YouTube. Sadly, the reality is that most schools aren't doing a darn thing differently and the criminals keep getting away with little more than a slap on the wrist.
In the case of an Indianapolis teen, he has been expelled for trying to defend himself against the constant threat of bullies. 17-year-old Darnell "Dynasty" Young is a junior at Arsenal Technical High School. The gay teen has been bullied day after day and eventually, his mother handed over her stun gun so he could protect himself. She told IndyStar, "I couldn't believe that they did it," Grimes said. "They really kicked him out." His 'crime'? When the teens were about to beat him, he fired the stun gun once into the air.
This is a hate crime. The school is just as guilty as the teens. One of the 'solutions' offered by the school was telling Young to 'tone down his accessories'. Obviously it isn't safe for anyone to bring weapons to school, but when your child's life is in danger and no one will help, then what? Read more about this case here.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012