High schooler arrested for writing fictional story about killing a dinosaur
A 16-year-old in Summerville, South Carolina, whose school apparently started painfully early this year, has been arrested after writing a short fictional story about killing a dinosaur.
Alex Stone’s class was given an assignment to write a few short fictional sentences as if they were updating their status on Facebook.
No doubt trying to spice up what sounds like an excruciatingly boring assignment, Stone wrote “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur,” and then added “I bought the gun to take care of the business.”
Next thing Stone knew he was not only suspended from school, but arrested. As in, by the actual police. For writing a short story about killing a pet dinosaur. Stone’s teacher notified school brass after seeing the word “gun” in the assignment and administrators called the cops. They searched Stone’s bag and locker and found no gun, but he was arrested anyway for good measure.
“I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don’t see the harm in it,” Stone tells Live5 news.”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.”
Stone told school administrators and police the story was just a joke, but he’s still facing suspension for the rest of the week.
If it makes him feel any better, he’s not the only one who’s gotten in trouble recently for killing dinosaurs. Steven Spielberg recently found himself in hot water on the internet for poaching Triceratops during the making of “Jurassic Park.”