Teen Handcuffed, Arrested And Suspended From School For Writing About Shooting A Pet Dinosaur


In yet another true tale about incompetence, school officials called police after a 16-year old completed a writing assignment that involved him killing a pet dinosaur with a gun.

It's not even September but school starts early in Summerville, South Carolina. On the first day of school, Tuesday, Alex Stone completed a writing assignment: fake Facebook status updates. Stone wrote about buying a gun and killing his neighbor's pet dinosaur.

"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 told NBC 12 News.

Summerville High School officials were so concerned they immediately called police, who came, handcuffed, and arrested the 16-year old high school student. Police also examined the contents of Stone's backpack and locker. No gun was found.

The charges? Disorderly conduct for arguing with the police, who say Stone was "irate."  

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

"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.

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.

Stone reportedly was suspended for the rest of the week, but says he doesn't want to return to Summerville High, he now wants to be home-schooled.

NBC 12 has a video of the report.


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