High school student says he was arrested for killing dinosaur in class assignment

Aug 19, 2014


A 16-year-old Summerville High School student says he was arrested Tuesday morning and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun.

Alex Stone said he and his classmates were told in class to write a few sentences about themselves, and a "status" as if it was a Facebook page.

Stone said in his "status" he wrote a fictional story that involved the words "gun" and "take care of business."

"I killed my neighbor's pet dinosaur, and, then, in the next status I said I bought the gun to take care of the business," Stone said.

Stone says his statements were taken completely out of context.

"I could understand if they made him re-write it because he did have "gun" in it. But a pet dinosaur?" said Alex's mother Karen Gray."I mean first of all, we don't have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he's not even old enough to buy a gun."

Investigators say the teacher contacted school officials after seeing the message containing the words "gun" and "take care of business," and police were then notified on Tuesday.

Summerville police officials say Stone's bookbag and locker were searched on Tuesday, and a gun was not found.

According to Gray, Stone was suspended for the rest of the week. Gray says she is furious that the school did not contact her before her son was arrested.

She says her son followed directions and completed an assignment.

"If the school would have called me and told me about the paper and asked me to come down and discussed everything and, at least, get his point-of-view on the way he meant it. I never heard from the school, never. They never called me," said Gray.

Stone and his mother say they understand the sensitive nature of what he wrote, but they say it was a rash reaction to an innocent situation.

"I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don't see the harm in it," Stone said."I think there might have been a better way of putting it, but I think me writing like that, it shouldn't matter unless I put it out towards a person."

According to police, when Stone was asked by school officials about the comment written on the assignment, he said it was a joke.

Summerville police officials say Stone was disruptive
and was told that he was being detained for disturbing schools.

Stone was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. District officials say the student has been suspended.



Pat Rogondino · It's a shame that common sense isn't part of the test for a teaching certificate.

Lebek Johnson · Common sense in a government employee?

Walter Morgan · It *is* part of the test. If you have any, you fail the test.

Marc Kenton · Or a policeman obviously. The officers should have laughed at the school official and walked away.

Randal Sprinkle · Did they find the body?

Ted Hampton · Yes, they found the dead pet dino with a an imaginary bullet in the head at the landfill.

Teri Davis Newman · Obama expresses outrage over dead "endangered Dinosaur" order Holder to investigate racist gun owner.

David Burgess · Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm; ... - Life isn't always fair; - And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies, don't spend more than you can earn and adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding ... See More

Tony Hamilton · Pussification of the USA...good job teach!

Bob Bryant · It would make more sense to arrest theater operators who show movies of people using guns to kill people.

Matthew Baker · Jurassic Park needs to be banned from ever being shown to children and Steven Spielberg needs to be arrested I guess... He didn't just talk about shooting dinosaurs with guns but actually showed visuals of people doing it. He even posed with one of the dino's he killed!!!!

Burt Gummer · When did "Gun" become a 4 letter word? Good grief these so-called schools are just full of irrational feminist weirdos running them. Here's a hint to all parents: Get your kids out of them and home school or send them to private school. The only thing these Orwellian "Public Schools" will teach them is how to be a good Prison Serf!


Kevin Adams · Nothing more dangerous than a wounded dinosaur.

Vehoae Conscience · For all my fellow authors, this is exactly the kind of cr*p that is going to happen once the federal government gets what its been after the past six years ... full control over media and publishing.

Todd Foster · Just be glad you didn't threaten the dinosaur with a Hello Kitty Bubble Blower or a half eaten pop tart. What with the sorry state of our Education Colleges, the poor kid would have been expelled for life.

David V Fay · The cops searched his locker and book bag for the imaginary gun, but it does not say if they searched for the imaginary dead dinosaur body. People, if you truly love your children, find a way to send them to a private school or home school them.

Meredith Mick Eugene Hunt · I guess public schools aren't a place to learn how to write fiction, like novels and short stories. Well, they can always write a nice poem. Will all literature that mentions guns and/or killing now be off limits to read and study as well?

Brian Wetherby · Such a bunch of idiots. Amazing how this kind of thing keeps happening.

Martin Wierzba · Just a side note to the Libtards -You are morons.

Tom Miller · Sue, sue, sue and sue big. Sue for millions. Sue the teacher, the principal, the school board and the police. They have destroyed this kids character and he will be targeted from here on. Sue all these idiot PC liberals. Destroy their money and power grabs; it's the only thing they know. They don't have any common sense, just what they are told. They no longer have a mind of their own but are led by the Progressives that want to control every aspect of our lives. Time to put an end to these PC idiots.

Tiffany Toothman · And this stupidity is the reason I have had to try to teach my children that, while they run around with sticks in the backyard pretending that they are swords, guns bows & arrows, they cannot do that at school. It's quite fun having to remind your children each morning on the way to school, "Now make sure you don't accidentally eat your sandwich into the shape of a gun"...

Thomas Waters · The student's punishment is absurd, but the teacher's assignment is equally ridiculous. Why are high school students writing their own Facebook statuses as a class project?

David Rust · It's the National Security State in action! Congratulations, you Nazis! We gotta make sure we ferret out them imaginary gun-toting slaves as young as possible

Boris Badinov · Welcome to Obama and the Democrat's Fascist Amerika! Coming to a town and the schools near YOU, if it isn't already there!

Robert Northrop · Another reason for School Choice & School Vouchers. End the Government Run Monopoly and intrusion into your child's mind.

Jim Jordan · Top Commenter · Sue the the hell out of them, this kind of nonsensical bs is tearing our country to pieces...!

Mackey Chandler · Science fiction is now illegal?

Bukkiah Golden · So was the lesson supposed to teach him that "facebook updates" will be taken out of context and get you arrested? I guess we all learned a valuable lesson about freedom of speech in America.
Thanks Government School! :)

Ken Steadman · This is Pavlovian Operant Conditioning. Read this: http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

Scott Zeppa · gun, gun, gun, takin' care of business, killin' all the dinosaurs, got 'em on a hit list, though it's all a story, the teacher's pants were pissed, got the kid arrested, more pc bullsh*t nonsense.

Travis M. Cotton · He'd be up for an award had he wrote that he got in touch with his feelings of anger towards the dinosaur which culminated in a rousing rendition of Kumbaya and hugs.

Michael Zacchio · Just one little acronym tells the voluminous story: PC. But of course Little Johnny don't know no acronym 'cause he 'spended.

Mark Schultz · I guess all those swamp hunters on tv will be getting a visit from the dino police. Since crocs are technically dinosaurs.

Jenny H La (American Museum of Natural History) · technically not.

Walter Morgan · Next, they'll purge the library of everything by Ray Bradbury because of "A Sound of Thunder".

Butch Blosc · Wear a Communist Party shirt to class and carry an ISIS flag. School officials will leave you alone.

Eric D. Mertz · I refuse to believe this isn't an Onion article. Not even educators could be THIS stupid...

John R Masterjohn · GUN,GUN, GUN, a lot less threatening than Leftist, leftist, leftist.

Steve Galla · Why do we have M0R0NS employed in our schools? Fire them all!

Mark Ouellette · I don't know Who is dumber,The Teacher or the Police.

Lebek Johnson · So, what was he charged with? Libtard lunacy at home in SC.

Crash Froelich · Thought control is the refuge of despots.

Dennis Tague · We're doomed.

Michael Ricks · There are a lot of 16 year old students who do use and own guns. As a scout leader, I took many of young men ages 11 to 17 to shooting activities. Many young men and women in my neighborhood hunt, do competitive target shooting and own their own guns. If they are asked to write a paper about what they did over the weekend and they said that they went with their parents to purchase a new gun or went to the gun range or went hunting or even shot a dog that was attacking their livestock or chickens, which is legal here, would they get arrested and suspended?

B.f. Caffrey · Yet more evidence that our children are not being taught so much as indoctrinated against thinking for themselves and only thinking the way the left wants them to think. The school officials involved should be forced to publicly burn their "little bureaucrat's handbooks" while being required to read Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" pamphlets aloud in the student quad.

Ed Miller · The American civilization is in a free fall. When a person writes about shooting a dinosaur, a completely fictional story, and get arrested for it. I am sickened by the actions take by American school officials these days. Who is this idiot police officer that felt he has probable cause to arrest some one for shooting a dinosaur anyway. I hope this is false.

Mark Correale · Get rid of the federal Department of Education and return control of the schools to parents and local officials. Then get rid of the unions and re-establish order. Once control and order are re-established parents can decide on educational standards and school policies.

Steve Rodriguez · Welcome to the Occupation Regime era....you voted for the messiah traitor, and now his world view of PC, CLS, CRT is making it's way throughout every American institution. Thank you, r e t a r d voters.

Tom Palermo · Indict, arrest and prosecute the school officials and arresting officer for violating this boys "freedom of speech" rights guaranteed by our Constitution!

Jenny H La · 1. This is ridiculous. Teachers should check in with students and parents first. 2. Some dinosaurs are still alive today - the birds.

Mike Mattson · I guess Ray Bradbury would have been tarred and feathered in this day and age for writing the short story "A sound of thunder."

James Gaines · Apparently "common core" also includes dumbing down the teachers.

Chris Walker · If only he had said he shot the pet with his sex pistol.

Jennifer Booth Trudeau · Reason #242 I will be homeschooling.

Doug Eurom · I used to read stories about Stalinist informants who turned in their family and neighbors to the state and naively thought, "Americans would never do this." Teachers like this prove that there are many Americans who are quite willng to take on such tasks. Guns are not illegal, they are not contraband, they are simply a tool that over a hundred million Americans own for good and proper reasons, yet academia has criminalized merely mentioning or depicting guns, even taking it to the absurd levels of pistol shaped nibbled pop-tarts. Had the kid simply written about a sex act with a goat, or killing a human fetus, the teacher/school would have been A-OK with it.

Bill Van Luchene · It is not that the teacher actually believed the gun was real, or the kid was a danger. Instead the object was to teach this kid and his classmates that guns are BAD, people with guns are BAD, writing about guns is BAD, even thinking about guns is BAD. Another generation or two of this (school) institutional abuse and the goal will have been reached.

John T. Sparks · The officer that took the boy into custody is also a dunce (with a gun.) She (probably a she) could have just told the teacher to grow up and use some common sense, and she might have told the boy, "Listen kid, let's get your parents permission and then you and me will go to the police gun range and do some target shooting...have a little fun."

Marty Odom · My son would have needed to be home schooled as nearly every story he wrote involved aliens, the army, or guns. Wasn't that normal for an elementary age kid just a few years ago? Arrested?! No wonder our jails are over crowded.

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