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Creative writing assignment involving dinosaur, gun leaves student suspended, arrested, upset

Posted: August 21, 2014 - 4:50pm  |  Updated: August 21, 2014 - 6:27pm

School is back in session and a creative writing assignment already has led to the suspension and arrest of an imaginative 16-year old South Carolina high school student.

Alex Stone’s teacher asked him and fellow classmates to write something about themselves and their current status — like something you might write on Facebook.

Stone wrote a fictional account in which he slew a dinosaur. He used the word “gun.” He also used the words “take care of business.”

“I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur,” he said he wrote. “And, then, in the next status I said I bought the gun to take care of the business,” he told Charleston TV station WCSC.

Stone’s teacher contacted administrators of Summerville High School, who suspended the student. School officials notified police of the incident Tuesday. Stone explained his writing about the extinct species was imaginative.

According to The Washington Post, police said Stone became “irate,” so they arrested him and charged him with disorderly conduct. The police report said Stone continued to be disruptive and was placed in handcuffs, and was told that he was being detained for disturbing schools.

Stone’s attorney David Aylor said: “This is a perfect example of ‘political correctness' that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense, 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."

Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers responded,, "The information that is being reported is grossly incorrect in reference to what led to the juvenile being charged. The charges do not stem from anything involving a dinosaur or writing assignment, but the student's conduct,” the station reported.

Stone expressed some remorse to the TV station, “I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don't see the harm in it," he 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."

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Bugleboy
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Bugleboy 08/22/14 - 11:55 am
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The kid was arrested by the

The kid was arrested by the police for disorderly conduct. If there was nothing more than a story, he wouldn't have had a problem. Clearly there is something going on with him that a bit off kilter.

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the_yes_man 08/22/14 - 11:37 am
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Yes Bugleboy. He should have

Yes Bugleboy. He should have never threatened to kill a pet dinosaur.

Think much?

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Bugleboy 08/22/14 - 11:07 am
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With the tendency of young,

With the tendency of young, white males to shoot up their schools, caution is warranted. To investigate someone who writes that he kills his neighbor's pet is necessary to insure the safety of other students.

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GrumpierOldMan 08/22/14 - 10:02 am
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The cops have developed the

The cops have developed the mindset that citizens have to "respect" even the officers' decision to wrongfully deprive them of their rights.

These officers were clearly just PO'd that the student pointed out that it was absurd that they were investigating something he wrote in a fantasy response to a school assignment. There could hardly be a more clear example of a "thought crime" than that!

Respect is earned and cannot be mandated by law.

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gunny48.5 08/21/14 - 07:04 pm
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Good thing he didn't write

Good thing he didn't write "assault" or he would have had SWAT all over the school!! This was an absolutely asinine kneejerk and ignorant reaction by the idiots in charge.

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