A high school student in South Carolina was arrested and suspended after writing an fiction piece for class about shooting his neighbor’s dinosaur with a gun.
David Aylor, attorney for Alex Stone, the 16-year-old student at Summerville High School, called the situation “completely absurd,” and is seeking to appeal the suspension.
“This is a perfect example of ‘political correctness’ that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense,” Aylor said in a statement released on Thursday. “Students were asked to write about themselves and a creative Facebook status update – just days into the new school year – and my client was arrested and suspended after a school assignment.”
According to the Summerville Police Department, Stone was incorrect in his account of the arrest for disorderly conduct.
“The information that is being reported is grossly incorrect in reference to what led to the juvenile being charged,” said Capt. Jon Rogers in a Summerville police statement released on Thursday.”The charges do not stem from anything involving a dinosaur or writing assignment, but the student’s conduct.”
Stone stated that he had been instructed to write about himself as if it were a Facebook status for an in-class creative writing assignment. For his status, Stone wrote about a “gun” and “taking 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.
Upon reading his assignment, the teacher called school officials who then notified the police.
According to Stone, his writing was taken completely out of context.
Summerville police searched his locker, but found no gun. The police report states that Stone “became very irate,” claiming he had been joking, and was placed in handcuffs when he continued to be “disruptive.” His mother, Karen Gray, is upset that he was arrested before she was notified.
“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.
Although he is set to return to school, Stone says after the incident, he would rather be homeschooled.
“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.”