INDIANAPOLIS — A gay teen faces expulsion after his mother sent him to school with an ECD for protection against bullies.
"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? I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do but protect my child," Chelisa Grimes told CNN.
On April 16, six other Arsenal Technical High School students surrounded Darnell "Dynasty" Young, threatening to beat him up. Young pulled the ECD from his backpack, raised it and set off a charge, which sent the group running.
"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."
Shortly after, the 17-year-old was handcuffed and taken into custody. The incident is under investigation by school officials, who have not yet identified any of the students who reportedly surrounded Young.
Grimes contends the school hasn't done enough to protect students.
"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.