Student who brought stun gun to school reaches $65,000 settlement with Indianapolis Public Schools

Darnell 'Dynasty' Young pleased with settlement

INDIANAPOLIS - An openly gay Indianapolis teenager who was expelled for bringing a stun gun to school to protect himself from bullies has agreed to settle his lawsuit against Indianapolis Public Schools for $65,000.

The proposed settlement filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis also calls for the school district to remove all references of Darnell "Dynasty" Young being expelled from school from the 18-year-old's academic record.

The agreement still must be approved by a judge.

Young sued the district last year, alleging that it failed to protect him from bullies at Arsenal Tech High School. He said in a telephone interview Wednesday he's pleased with the settlement.

Young said he plans to use the money to launch an anti-bullying magazine.

Young said that after six students surrounded him at school, calling him names and threatening to beat him up, he pulled the stun gun from his backpack and raised it into the air, setting off an electric charge that sent the group scurrying.

Indianapolis Public Schools spokesman John Althardt said the district doesn't comment on legal matters.

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