The mother of a South Carolina high school student was left irate when her 16-year-old son was suspended and then arrested after writing that he intended to buy a gun and kill a dinosaur as part of a homework assignment.
Alex Stone, a student at the South Carolina school, said he wrote a joke that included a gun and a dinosaur for a class assignment to write a few sentences about himself and to list a mock Facebook status. The homework was due Tuesday, the second day of the school year.
The teen wrote, “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur.” For his status, he said, “I bought the gun to take care of the business.”
The teacher then reported Stone to school administrators, Dorchester District 2 officials said. The principal followed the school system’s procedures, suspending the 16-year-old. This prompted the school’s resource officer to call the Summerville Police Department.
Police searched the student’s locker and backpack, but no weapon was found, the Summerville Post and Courier reported. The “irate” Stone was arrested and charged with disturbing school, police report said.
David Aylor, the family’s attorney, called the arrest“completely absurd,” and is seeking to appeal the suspension and “proceed with the legal issues of [Stone’s] arrest,” according to WCSC.
“This is a perfect example of ‘political correctness’ that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense,” Aylor said in a statement released on Thursday. “Students were asked to write about themselves and a creative Facebook status update – just days into the new school year – and my client was arrested and suspended after a school assignment.”
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