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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A 17-year-old boy who contends he took a stun gun to his Indianapolis high school to protect himself from bullies who tormented him because he was gay has been expelled.
Indianapolis Public Schools issued a statement Tuesday confirming the expulsion of Darnell Young from Arsenal Technical High School through the fall semester. Officials say he may return to school Jan. 7.
The Indianapolis Star reports that the openly gay student was suspended April 16 after he brought a stun gun to school, raised it in the air and fired it to scare away six students who threatened to beat him up.
IPS says it offers anti-bullying programs and Arsenal has a Gay Straight Alliance group. IPS says it doesn't condone bullying, but students can't bring weapons to school.
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