Student Jailed After Writing Story About Killing Dinosaur with Gun

By: Barry Donegan
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A 16-year-old South Carolina student was arrested and suspended from school after writing a fictional story about killing a dinosaur with a gun for a class writing assignment.

According to Live 5 News, a Summerville, South Carolina student was suspended from Summerville High School and arrested by police after he wrote a fictional story about killing a dinosaur with a gun for a class writing assignment. Last Tuesday, 16-year-old Alex Stone was asked by his teacher to write a paragraph describing himself, followed by another sentence in the style of a Facebook status. Stone attempted to take a comedic approach to the assignment.

Describing the first-person fictional account that he penned for the school project, the teen told Live 5 News, “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.” What happened next shocked Stone’s mother, as the boy was taken from class, suspended from school, detained for disturbing schools, and then arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. Authorities searched his locker and backpack and did not find a weapon. According to police, Stone maintained that his story about killing a dinosaur was intended to be interpreted as a joke.

Stone’s mother, Karen Gray, is upset that she was not contacted prior to the point at which school officials had her son arrested. Said Gray, “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.” Karen Gray also pointed out the fact that dinosaurs no longer exist, implying school officials should have been able to tell that Stone’s story was not a threat against the school.

According to The Washington Post, police claim Stone was arrested following an angry outburst that happened while police searched his locker. Dorchester District 2 officials appeared to mischaracterize Stone’s fictional story to the media by telling ABC News 4 Charleston that he was suspended for writing about bringing a weapon to school.


David Aylor, Stone’s lawyer, was quoted by ABC News 4 Charleston as saying, “This is a perfect example of ‘political correctness’ that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense. The arrest and suspension of my client is completely absurd and further erodes the confidence parents and taxpayers have in our teachers and administrators who are tasked with educating our children and preparing them for higher education or entering the work force.” Aylor is fighting the disorderly conduct charge and is attempting to appeal Stone’s week-long suspension from school.

The teenager told Live 5 News that he didn’t want to go back to Summerville High School. He said, “I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don’t see the harm in it.” Looking back on how he worded the story, Stone did feel that “there might have been a better way of putting it.” Tuesday’s arrest and suspension happened on Stone’s second day of class for the year, which happens to be his freshman year and first impression of high school.

According to The National Geographic, scientists estimate that dinosaurs have been extinct for approximately 65 million years.

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Barry Donegan

Barry Donegan is a writer, musician, and pro-liberty political activist living in Nashville, TN. Donegan served as Director-at-Large of the Davidson County Republican Party from 2009-2011 and was the Middle Tennessee Regional Coordinator over 30 counties for Ron Paul's 2012 Presidential Campaign. Follow him at facebook.com/barry.donegan and twitter.com/barrydonegan

  • Rapier Half-Witt

    More rock solid proof that today’s public education is a scam and a farce.

    • Steven Boyde

      It’s worse than that. Much worse. It’s designed to teach kids to obey authority figures without question, and that failure to do so will have serious consequences. It’s designed to implant the concept that repeating what one is told or what one reads is “intelligence”. Some of the common core material is straight statist propaganda.

      • Rapier Half-Witt

        Sadly, I have no footing or ground to disagree with you.

  • Anonymous

    If I were the kid, I would write ANOTHER school story about a gun just to drive the point home that I wouldn’t be intimidated or bullied by the state. This is a prime example of those in power trying to change SOCIAL NORMS in our civilization/society. This is psychological conditioning. Brain washing.

    When you suspend students for referencing gun culture, you’re trying to put a ‘fear’ into that person at a young age to send a cultural/moral standard. Those in power are hoping this kid will grow up to teach his children that guns are ‘bad’. That is what this is all about folks. This isn’t ‘rules enforcement run amok’. This is pure psychological conditioning with a much BIGGER goal at intended.

  • tpc4545

    And these moron idiots are teaching our kids Unbeliveable . These teacher should be arrested for stupidity. PERIOD!

    • Sheepdog78

      I agree. If the kid had a history of threatening his classmates and/or violent outbursts, I could see some concern, but suspending him for even mentioning a gun and then arresting him when he gets upset…all without a parent or guardian present? What a bunch of brainless, spineless cowards. THEY should be arrested for Constitutional and procedural violations. What’s even more unbelievable is that more parents who have kids in the public “education” system aren’t outraged enough to yank their kids out of these “schools” and home-school them. This kind of shennaniganery will continue as long as people do not stand up for a) what is right and b) themselves.

  • the guy in the chair

    wat

  • PaC SGM (R)

    Time to clean housel of these liberal teachers pedaling their leftist agenda.

    • Amal Iel

      It’s your assumption of academia in general that the teachers would be liberal. There isn’t anything to indicate this, in reality.

      BTW– *peddling. Fixed that for you

      • PaC SGM (R)

        Thanks for fixing that, doesn’t change the fact that academia is predominately left leaning, especially when it comes to firearms.

        • Tom Goffnett

          You are correct. And I like pedaling their leftist agenda better than peddling their leftist agenda. Your sentence gave me a better visual. I pictured the teacher in a giant hamster wheel regurgitating the same propaganda hour after hour. :)

  • ITSa341

    This just shows how the most uneducated and intolerant are in charge of educating and teaching tolerance. Our schools are not intended to teach morals or intolerance but under the present educational leadership have become the thought police of future generations.

    It is time to put schools back under the direct control of local and state governments and limit their teaching to scholastic subjects not morality and intolerance.

  • badman400

    What a bunch of idiots! Killing a Dinosaur? Really? News Flash; Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years. Ergo they do not exist, ergo the gun “bought” to kill the dinosaur does not exist. The boy should be given an “A” grade for his creativity and levity. The school officials and police should be all removed from duty! The parents should sue the school for infringing on the boy’s rights and ask for punitive damages as well. I know I said it to begin with, but it bears repeating; What a bunch of idiots!!!

    • Steven Boyde

      How do you think they became extinct? Kids killed them all with guns. I for one am glad that he was arrested. It’s high time we sent a strong message to those meat eating, mouth breathing, tea-partying gun nuts that pretend hunting an already extinct species into further extinction with a pretend gun will not be tolerated!!! The kid clearly needs psychotropic drugs and behavior modification therapy. (One of us, one of us, one of us!) But seriously, this is why my kids will be homeschooled.

      • Daniel K. Berg

        Go back to your shitcom. Your brand of humor is way too far over the heads of average Americans.

      • One

        gooble gobble gooble gobble one of us one of us

  • harviele

    The problem wasn’t about him saying he killed his neighbor’s dinosaur but rather that he said he bought a gun to take care of business. What business? Had he said he bought a gun to kill the dinosaur then there should have been no problem. But to take care of business and a high school student these days is threatening. Had the school took no action at all and then the boy had brought a gun to school to take care of business and killed a few people, the people would be screaming asking why nothing was done when he said he bought a gun to take care of business. Of course it shouldn’t have gone as far as it did. Simply calling in the student and asking what he meant should have sufficed in determining there was no threat.

    • Jake77

      IT is not a threat if he is restating in a different form the same thing. One can say something in plain English and again in abbreviated slang or colloquial speech as was the apparent assignment he was doing.
      Had the school taken action years ago you would not have written “had the school took no action”. I don’t point this out to be mean but to illustrate a point. If the schools were concentrated on getting a product of all students knowing how to read and write rather than trying to mold the minds of students this sort of thing would not happen. 40 years ago this sort of thing was not a problem. Now they give kids mind altering drugs which have among other things, suicide as a side effect. It is psychiatry and psychotropic drugging at the root of the major incidents of school violence.

      • harviele

        I realize the correct statement would have been “had the school not taken any action”, but “had the school took no action” means the same thing to people who are capable of understanding English. I agree with your statements about psychiatry etc being a major problem. I have been advocating against drugging the kids for years, especially when a good swat on the bottom would get the same if not better results without the long term side effects. Even in the sixties teachers were frequently over reacting to different things. If you take the fact that the teachers who were over reacting at that time taught the generation that taught the generation now in charge, you can see how it has become much worse today. There were threats back in the sixties, they just didn’t make the news like they do today.

        • Rich Cohen

          Don’t you mean “much worser?” Just kidding. don’t hate.

          • harviele

            I almost wrote it that way just for fun but decided against it.

        • Jake77

          You are correct. People who are capable of understanding English are capable of discerning the meaning of “had the school took no action”. However it is not actually English language – it violates grammar. It may be constructed of English words but it is not technically English language for one to use an incorrect form of the verb “take”. In less educated populations it has become common to use the verb “be” in all cases. He be, she be, it be, they be, we be. Now things have degraded to the point that the verb is often left out entirely. “She gone”, “He dead” or “We done”. People have the right to be as completely oblivious of the most basic rudiments of the language if that suits them. The only problem is that as a society we need to be able to communicate with one another to survive and to get along. I regularly work with incarcerated inmates facing charges of murder, drug dealing, domestic violence etc. The biggest barrier they face in life is an inability to learn. They don’t understand language well enough to learn how to function in society so they do the only thing they think they can – crime.

          • harviele

            With the advent of Texting as a means of communications, the people’s brains are being retrained to take short cuts in the English language just as the use of computers is eliminating cursive writing. I suspect the language misuse will get much worse before it gets better, so we better get used to being able to understand what people say and mean.

          • Doctor Scrawl

            Honestly? I don’t like what’s happening to people’s literacy, but good riddance to cursive script! This may be controversial, but print script is designed for easier readability. Sure, cursive looks fancy and impressive, but it creates major barriers to communication. Even small flaws in handwriting can render it utterly illegible.

        • Jake77

          I agree with the rest of what you wrote.

        • CAFM

          “had the school took no action” means the same thing

          This does not mean the same thing as it is not a correct statement. Also it reads like chalk grating on a blackboard for me to read it.

          • harviele

            Took is past tense of take. I believe the most correct way would be to say had not taken any, but hot took no means had they taken no which means had they not taken any. But then you can’t learn some people nothing if you no whut I mean. You jist gotta learn to live with hit.

    • Daniel K. Berg

      Go back to your favorite shitcom…..thinking is not your strong point.

    • CAFM

      He did nothing wrong. The problem was not the boy. The problem was the teacher and other authority figures involved. Total idiots.

    • CAFM

      “Had the school took no action” Apparently, you went to the same school if your grammar is any indication. Be advised that the phrase you meant to use should have been: “Had the school TAKEN no action”… Past participle– “had taken” NOT “had took”. Amazing obvious error.

  • Jake77

    “I’m going to let my T-Rex loose on the neighborhood.” Does that qualify as a threat? Also I want everyone to know the US Constitution affirms the individual’s right to keep and bear arms. Does that qualify as a threat? The biggest threat to Freedom is the fact that we now have Teachers and administrators who are themselves products of our screwed up school system. Things really started going down hill in the 60′s and we now see the result.

    • Rosemary Richards

      oh yeah!! well i’m gonna let my Albertosaurus, Allosaurus, Deinonychus, gnomes and sprites loose!! so there!!LOL!! DID THEY REALLY GO TO COLLEGE TO GET THAT STUPID OR WERE THEY ALWAYS THAT GIFTED!!

      • Tannim

        You forgot the zombie unicorns and the rabid dodo birds. :-)

    • Daniel K. Berg

      I’m going to blow up the whole world tomorrow with the 200 nukes I have in my garage. You all better bend over and kiss your asses goodbye!!!!!!!

      • Del Hamaker

        About effing time…

      • Captin Oblivious

        Start with Summersville.

  • Keith Houston

    And school just started, watch how many more teens are arrested school on BOGUS charges such as this!

    The teacher, school admin, and the police ALL need to be imprisoned for striping this kid of HIS CONSTITUTIONALLY protected RIGHTS!

    Stop the tyranny in America! Stop supporting the two parties destroying! Or be a slave forever!

    • deserteach

      Oh…..great Keith…..imprison teachers, school administrators, and police to end tyranny….and stop slavery…..any other bases you want to cover?

  • Jeff

    16 year old freshman?

  • Not Takin It No Moe

    He was arrested after an angry outburst when police searched his locker?

    I sure do hope they don’t try to arrest every high school freshman who displays an angry outburst.

    What idiots!

    • deserteach

      It does sound a little bit like overkill……oopps…maybe that is a poor choice of words…

  • Bill in Ocala

    We have morons teaching our children, and it’s spreading to society.

    • deserteach

      I always felt it was the parents who were deficient, not the teachers…..maybe I was wrong…..maybe not…..ye ye ye

      • Steve

        Yep, you were wrong! …..you’re also a blithering idiot, just in case you haven’t noticed that yet either…

  • Daniel K. Berg

    Who are the ignorant f*#ks in this story? Certainly not a student armed with a pencil.

    • deserteach

      maybe they are the ones who use inappropriate language in front of a profile child….

  • Cllr Chris Cooke

    In any sane world those teachers and police would be sacked and and put on a child risk register.

  • Peter Wallace

    Absolute horse crap. Political Correctness is the birth child of the whimpish society we have let our politicians create. The teachers and administrators have displayed absolutely no common sense whatsoever and the coppers need a brain examination for even responding. Really…..our world is getting more n more screwed every day. Absolute dorks!!!! And they are educating the future generation!!!!

    • deserteach

      wow….Peter….why don’t you say what you really mean….treating people with respect is the result of a whimpish society created by politicians….
      world getting screwed by dorks…..well at least that is a heterosexual image….should keep the conservatives happy….wow

  • http://ChristophDollis.com/3AF Christoph Dollis

    This definitely calls for firings, lawsuits, and repeats of grade 4 science classes.

  • Sylveria Shini

    Thank god I got out of school when I did. My senior english project was “Where do you see yourself in 5 years” and explaining how you would get there. I, taking a quote from Invader Zim, decided to write mine on how I would be “Ruling all humans with an iron fist.” I wrote a thorough, grammatically correct paper on how I would accomplish this, in humorous fashion of course. Nowadays I’d end up in counseling for it, or jail, cause some retarded teacher would see it and take it seriously. Would love to see them smash open my locker looking for the completely real doomsday ray I had, obviously, fabricated in my totally real basement science lab.

  • vintermann

    “Authorities searched his locker and backpack and did not find a weapon. ”

    Did they search the neighbors yard for illegally owned dinosaurs too, just in case?

  • TimBob

    Surely a quick 5 minute talk with the student would have resolved what he meant by what the things he wrote… That’s the problem with our society today, fear overrides common sense.

    • deserteach

      TimBob…..good observation…..with todays litigious society a person, especially teacher, often times don’t know how firm the ground is…

  • Red

    I could only imagine what kind of trouble I would be in today for the gruesome stories I wrote in HS. I remember one story was so graphic that my teacher gave me two grades, one for being so descriptive and one for writing style.

    • deserteach

      Then it would probably receive the same type of grade today…..

  • Steve

    “Extreme political correctness” with a major dose of “bullying” thrown in for good measure! If this kid actually DID have “an outburst” while the Gestapo searched his locker, it was well deserved!
    …it seems our educational system no longer deals in common sense!

    • deserteach

      sounds like that is the deficiency here….common sense. Also seems like inflammatory language is not necessary Herr Steve

      • Steve

        Oh can it, ya babbling moron…

  • Captin Oblivious

    See, this kind of shit is why kids grow up hating society and wanting to commit violent crimes…

  • Leo

    Schools do not bother with parents anymore because the State believes that they own your child. This is further proof. I hope the mother finds a way to get her child out of the government school trap so he can be raised with encouragement and respect. Homeschooling is the best thing for America right now. There are folks who will find it very hard to pull it off but the fact is that, with a little sacrifice and caring, most people can find a way to get their kids out of the government’s hands. It is only getting worse..

    • deserteach

      Leo…..you got it backwards…..most parents don’t bother with schools anymore because they want the state to take care of the kid they can’t or won’t handle….Home schooling overs some benefits IF there is real teaching going on and not just indoctrination….

  • Monkeywrench542 .

    it goes to show how some teachers are idiots. this teacher should be fired because she is an idiot. she should realize that dinosaurs are extinct.

    • deserteach

      wow…..you really missed the point…..monkeywrench is a most appropriate moniker…

      • Tomme Liam Bradaigh

        So please enlighten those of us who “really missed the point.” What exactly is the point of arresting this child for writing a fictional story for his high school class? ;’)

  • Matt

    This is exactly the reason why schools are being shot up.

  • Malakie

    Our country is dying… nothing more need be said.

  • nipples

    very sad, this is so stupid, common sense seems to be dying

    • Tomme Liam Bradaigh

      Common sense is no longer common.

  • Hinrik Stefnir Ævarsson

    i’d have been run out of school dozens of times if these rules had applied to me. Me and my friend used to make very violent comic scenes to entertain ourselves in class. Plus i was known to go full berserk when my “just take the bullying calmly” meter filled to overflow, so i’d probably have been sent to a school for troubled youngsters or something.

  • ProjectMayB

    Hes not even legal to buy a gun. Hes a freshman come on he just finished 8th grade. So stupid.

  • Sagebrush

    How in the hell did the people who are so many cards light of a full deck get control of our society? This kind of stuff is absolutely nuts.

  • Timewarped

    Under no circumstances send you children to public school unless you want to destroy them, yourself and your family. The government has become evil and evil destroys virtue

  • Dana Wana Pskana

    So no talking about any of the millions of games teens play online that are gun based shootemups or other murder games (like WoW)? This hysteria is pathetic. The false arrest by someone with a gun is hypocrisy. Just look at the goddamned tv and you will find movie after show after movie of people using guns in criminal ways. This fictional story is nothing new, nothing outrageous, nothing CRIMINAL. Tell these stupid cops to go to Communist China with their ethics. We have our guns in case you, our government does things like this. Get the point?

  • Boko Hos

    More cops and administrators that be publicly executed for blatant stupidity.

  • Ryan Edwards

    They’re talking c***. He obviously killed a pet or something.

  • Kyle

    These aren’t schools. They are brainwashing prison camps… If you’re dumb enough to send your kid to one of these, the law basically says that you have “abandoned your child to them” and they can do whatever the hell they want to your child!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_loco_parentis

  • deserteach

    I am amazed by the language used, attitudes, and comments made by many people here. They are certainly devoid of meanuigful thought, respect, and constructive discourse. It reminds me of what I witnessed while visiting a psychiatric facility. May of you are foolish cowards hiding behind the anonimity of the internet. Not worth the effort of further communication. Have a nice day

    • Paul Laroquod

      Right, you were just ‘visiting’ that psychiatric facility. We believe you!

      P.S. Since you think anonymity is to blame, surely you would never be so hypocritical as to hide behind it, yourself. So, can I find you in the phone book under ‘Desert Each’ or is it ‘Des Erteach’?