It’s only August, but an overzealous teacher and some overzealous cops have already landed a high school student in serious trouble for having — or, in this case, merely imagining — something that represents a weapon, but isn’t actually anything remotely like a real weapon.
The student, 16-year-old Alex Stone, was busted after he wrote about using a gun to kill a dinosaur earlier this week.
Stone, who attends Summerville High School in a distant suburb of Charleston, S.C., found himself both suspended and arrested after he completed a required class assignment, Charleston CBS affiliate WCSC reports.
For the introductory assignment, Stone’s teacher asked him and his classmates to write something about themselves and their current status — like something you might write on Facebook.
Stone decided to write a fictional story wherein he slew a dinosaur. He used the word “gun.” He used the words “take care of business” as well.
“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,” the blond, baby-faced teenager told WCSC.
The teacher apparently failed to understand that he was writing a fictional account about killing a species of animal that went extinct about 65 million years ago.
Then, the teacher contacted school administrators, who promptly suspended Stone for the remainder of the week.
School officials also notified police on Tuesday. When police investigators asked Stone about his writing, he explained that it was a joke.
The police say Stone became “irate,” according to The Washington Post, so they arrested him and charged him with disorderly conduct.
When police searched Stone’s belongings, they failed to find a gun.
Stone’s mother, Karen Gray, is not happy about what happened to her son.
“I could understand if they made him rewrite it because he did have ‘gun’ in it. But a pet dinosaur?” the mad mom told the CBS 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.”
Gray is also upset that school officials never bothered to contact her.
“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,” she told the station.
Stone believes the school’s overreaction was absurd.
“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.”