So much for creative freedom! In one of the strangest arrests in history, a High School student alleges he was arrested and suspended for writing about killing a dinosaur with a gun.
Alex Stone, 16, has hired a lawyer to fight on his behalf. “This is a perfect example of ‘political correctness’ that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense,” said attorney David Aylor.
He says that his client’s arrest over a creative writing assignment is “completely absurd.”
The Summerville Police Department arrested the teen for disorderly conduct and says that the boy’s story is all wrong.
“The information that is being reported is grossly incorrect,” said Capt. Jon Rogers of the police department. “The charges do not stem from anything involving a dinosaur or writing assignment, but the student’s conduct.”
Stone says that his teacher asked for his classmates to write a few sentences about themselves and a fictional Facebook “status.” He explained that in his status he used the words “gun” and “take care of business” in relation to killing his neighbor’s pet dinosaur. In his next “status” update he wrote that he “bought a gun to take care of business.”
“I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur,” says Stone. He argues his words were completely taken out of context, as in his mind they were all in creative fun.
His mother backed up his story: “I could understand if they made him re-write it because he did have ‘gun’ in it. But a pet dinosaur?” said his Mother Karen Gray.
The teacher was distraught by Stone’s words, so she contacted the authorities. Police officials searched his book bag and locker, and there were no signs of a gun… or a dinosaur for that matter.
Summerville Polic.”e Officials say he was being disruptive, so they placed the boy in handcuffs.
According to his mother, he was suspended for the rest of the week.
Stone says he understands the sensitive nature of his words, but felt he wasn’t given a chance to explain himself.
“I regret it because they put it on my record,” said stone. “I think there might have beena better way of putting it, but I think me writing like that, it shouldn’t matter unless I put it out towards a person.”