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  • 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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    • commented 2014-08-22 16:09:04 -0400
      Such total bull shit! Of course he was irate and rightfully so. Such complete and utter bull shit!!!

    • commented 2014-08-22 00:11:23 -0400


    • commented 2014-08-21 20:11:00 -0400
      well if he wasnt a hostile student in the school he is now..Way to go! Destroy the life of a student over a BS story of killing dinosaurs…..How proud the school must be,, Imagine if the cops even thought he had a weapon….

    • commented 2014-08-21 11:13:49 -0400
      This goes right along with the absurd levels of police brutality we’re now facing, basically caused by their complete inability to cope with modern technology and the society produced by it. It’s the basic conservative mindset that shuts down until it receives instruction, incapable of complex thought on its own. It panics when faced with anything out of the ordinary, unable to process anything different, anything it hasn’t encountered before or been instructed how to deal with. As a society we must evolve beyond simpletons like this, they need to be eradicated, basically through improving our system of education and voting out those doling out these instructions to our simple conservative friends.

    • commented 2014-08-21 10:34:47 -0400
      Our tax rates are sky high, in part due to this gross incompetence. Really, handcuffs on a school child?

    • commented 2014-08-21 10:26:02 -0400
      This is ridiculous. The US has a significant problem with gun violence, but this is not an example. Dinosaurs do not exist, and the kid doesn’t own a gun. Also, as far as I know, there is no law that says you cannot argue with the police. There’s another big problem in this country-this notion that the police are our bosses and we must listen to them at all times. They work for us! We pay their money. They’re supposed to serve and protect the citizenry, not terrorize us.

    • commented 2014-08-21 10:04:30 -0400
      When I was in Grade 9 or 10, I did a book report on THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath. I got sent to the guidance office, because some teacher thought it was a ‘cry for help’. As I said to the incompetent guidance counsellor (really, he was…he told a friend of mine whose teacher kept sending him to the office because my friend has arthritis and occasionally needed to stand to relieve pressure that he should just endure the pain, because, after all, teenagers don’t really get arthritis anyway…so I guess a detailed note and report from the doctor were all lies…): ‘If I were going to kill myself, I wouldn’t hint at it. I would tell you, and blame you.’ They never spoke to me again for the remaining one or two years I was at that school…

    • commented 2014-08-21 09:20:12 -0400
      A CHILD, not old enough to buy a gun, WROTE about killing a DINOSAUR.
      If I were his parent, I would move him to another school while I sue the pants off of the teacher, school, arresting officer and police department for wrongful EVERYTHING including STUPIDITY.

    • commented 2014-08-21 08:47:42 -0400
      This is an insidious and abusive use of power. The assignment was to be fictional and fictional it was. Yet the teacher, who as an adult should be able to use commonsense, did the exact opposite and called in the administration and in turn the administration called in the police!
      Too often, schools have now become places of little commonsense and a place of authoritarian rules and enforcement of those rules. Little if any education takes place as the schools now teach the common standards test that every child must take every year to advance to the next grade.

    • commented 2014-08-21 08:45:39 -0400
      Schools come equipped with counselors, administrative staff and often times a school social worker. We need to utilize these professionals before jumping straight to the police. It seems this situation only called for a conversation with the student, parent(s), and a school official. The steps taken and consequences appear completely blown out of proportion.

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