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.