Kid Writes Story About Killing a Dinosaur, Gets Arrested
Mom: 'We don't have dinosaurs anymore'
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2014 4:20 AM CDT
Updated Aug 30, 2014 11:00 AM CDT
These don't exist anymore.   (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Patrick Murphy)

(Newser) – A high school freshman in South Carolina wrote a story for a class assignment about his neighbor's pet dinosaur. Problem is, he also wrote that he killed that dinosaur using a gun, and teachers were so alarmed they called the cops, at which point the boy was arrested and suspended from school for three days, reports Fox News. Police maintain that they did not arrest 16-year-old Alex Stone until after they searched his bag and locker and the boy became "very irate" and disruptive to the school.

"I could understand if they made him re-write it because he did have 'gun' in it, but a pet dinosaur?" his mother, Karen Gray, told WCSC. "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 adds that she's furious the school didn't call her before arresting her son, saying they reacted rashly to an innocent situation. But the police captain says the charges "do not stem from anything involving a dinosaur or writing assignment, but the student’s conduct." (Earlier in the month, a young man was arrested for acting like a ghost.)

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Aug 31, 2014 1:43 PM CDT
The incident was at Summerville, SC, (a suburb of Charleston, SC still looking for the name of the teacher and school administer. But you all can make a sigh of relief, the family got a lawyer, Attorney David Aylor. They will be suing the School District and the Summerville Police Dept. and fight to remove this incident on his school record. He was arrested for "disorderly conduct" Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers released a statement on Thursday saying "The charges do not stem from anything involving a dinosaur or writing assignment, but the student's conduct.". They said he wasn't arrested for writing the paper. My, my, my the sentence that shock the teacher was... bought the "gun to take care of the business." They thought he had a gun. Well, if they had used common sense and a child imagination, they wouldn't have needed to brake into his locker. Wouldn't have needed him to be arrested. One other thing he's 16 years old and a freshman, when I was a freshman I was 13. At first though it was a misprint but I went through SC newspapers and they all say he was 16. This is just another knee jerk reaction because of political correctness .
Chuck Roast
Aug 31, 2014 12:09 PM CDT
Kudos to the 16 year old that stood strong againist the local non capable of thinking authorities! Second the idea of posting the school and local law enforcement e mail addresses to protest and suggest that the decision makers be replaced.
Billy Vmax
Aug 31, 2014 4:01 AM CDT
Why was the name of the town and the police department not in the article? They need about a million hits to their web site.