Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-11-15
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Indianapolis Public Schools halt expulsion of bullied gay student
From a NCLR news release
2012-08-07

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


NCLR Responds to Indianapolis Public Schools Termination of Expulsion of Bullied Gay Student

(Indianapolis, IN, August 7, 2012)—On Monday, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) ended the expulsion of Dynasty Young, a former Arsenal Technical High School student who was expelled after school leaders failed to protect him from relentless anti-gay bullying, but refused to permit him to return to the school or any traditional high school in the district. Instead, in a letter signed by Chief of Staff Dexter Suggs, the district assigned Young to the New Horizons Alternative School, which describes itself on its website as a school for "students who cannot adjust to a traditional school setting."

"It is shameful that Indianapolis Public Schools still has not accepted responsibility for failing to provide a safe environment for Dynasty," said National Center for Lesbian Rights Senior Staff Attorney Christopher F. Stoll, who is representing Young and his mother, Chelisa Grimes. "Rather than acknowledging its duty to protect students like Dynasty from harassment, IPS has said that if he returns, he will be sent to an alternative school for students who are unable to adjust to a traditional school setting. The problem here is not with Dynasty—it is with a school district whose response to repeated reports of severe bullying has been to blame the victim instead of addressing the problem."

Young, who is 17 and gay, was expelled in the Spring 2012 semester of his 11th-grade year at Tech High School after enduring relentless anti-gay bullying throughout the school year. The bullying started immediately after he began attending the school, with some students telling teachers that they didn't want to sit next to "that fag," and others spitting on him and throwing rocks and bottles at him on his way home after school. Young and Grimes repeatedly reported the harassment to school administrators, but the school administrators did nothing effective to protect him, and the bullying continued. Administrators, including Principal Larry Yarrell, responded to the requests for help by blaming Young for being openly gay and gender non-conforming. In May, Yarrell told the Indianapolis Star: "If you wear female apparel, then kids are kids and they're going to say whatever it is that they want to say."

Increasingly fearful for her son's safety, Grimes gave her son a self-protection flashlight, a small device that emits a loud noise, a light, and a weak electric charge. On April 16, six students surrounded Young to attack him. Young held the device in the air and activated it. The noise caused the aggressors to leave without assaulting him. Instead of locating the students who had threatened to attack Young, Tech administrators suspended Young and later expelled him for the remainder of the school year as well as the fall semester.

As a result of the expulsion, Young was unable to complete his spring semester at Tech High School and will need to make up any necessary credits to graduate. Young has recently enrolled in Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, a charter school not affiliated with IPS.

According to a 2010 study by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, gender non-conforming youth are at high risk of school harassment, which can have a lasting impact on their long term health and well being. The study found that gender non-conforming youth who experience high levels of school victimization suffer "dramatically elevated levels of suicide attempts, risk for HIV infection, STD diagnoses, and depression." The study urges school districts to address this problem as "an educational and public health priority."

Young added: "As excited as I am to be starting school, I am worried about all the kids who are still in IPS schools and experiencing the same type of daily verbal and physical attacks that I experienced with no help from school leaders. No one should be treated the way I was treated, and the district needs to do something to keep all students safe."

Grimes added: "IPS still has not admitted that what they did to my son was wrong, and that's not okay. Instead of protecting him, they told him he needs to change who he is so he isn't targeted, and that is unacceptable. No one—especially a young student—should ever be told they must change who they are or 'tone down' the way they dress to avoid being hated and attacked. The district failed to protect my son, and there are still lots of young students in IPS schools who won't feel safe until the district makes some real changes."

Young and Grimes are represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Waples & Hanger.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Illinois campaign seeks funds for supplies to help underserved students achieve 2017-11-21 - CHICAGO — Back 2 School Illinois ( B2SI ), a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides tens of thousands of deserving kids from low-income families ...


Gay News

Jury awards $1M+ to Oklahoma transgender woman in Title VII employment case 2017-11-21 - From Freedom for All Americans: Jury Awards Over $1M to Oklahoma Transgender Woman in Title VII Employment Discrimination Case OKLAHOMA ...


Gay News

The Night Ministry addresses needs of youth at risk for homelessness 2017-11-17 - Chicago, IL — Through its Youth Housing and Outreach Programs, The Night Ministry offers a lifeline to teens and young adults identified in ...


Gay News

Researchers: No simple solutions for tackling LGBTQ youth-homelessness crisis 2017-11-15 - A newly released brief by an area research institute is shedding light on the issue of youth homelessness, which, according to the report, ...


Gay News

Annual oSTEM confab Nov. 16-19 2017-11-14 - oSTEM—a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM ( science, technology, engineering and mathematics ) fields—will ...


Gay News

THEATER Kristian Espiritu schools audiences at Cadillac Palace 2017-11-14 - Based on the hit film, the musical version of School of Rock follows the adventures of Dewey Finn, a rocker who lands a ...


Gay News

Covenant House Illinois helps with independent living 2017-11-14 - Derek Chairs is 21 years old and is finally living in his own apartment. Having faced challenges such as homelessness and abuse through ...


Gay News

NCLR Fellow Alex Chen Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 for Trans Youth Work 2017-11-14 - National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) Equal Justice Works Fellow, Alexander Chen, was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 today ...


Gay News

HHS accused of censoring LGBTQ homeless advocates 2017-11-11 - A federally funded conference on youth experiencing homelessness that begins Nov. 13 in Kansas City, Missouri will take place, according to some advocates, ...


Gay News

'4-Star City' campaign on homelessness in Chicago 2017-11-10 - Launching Nov. 10, a new integrated ad campaign seeks to create awareness and empathy for Chicagoans who cope with homelessness while living on ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.