A Summerville, South Carolina, high school student was arrested and suspended for writing about killing a dinosaur with a gun.
Alex Stone, 16, was charged with disorderly conduct because of his creative writing assignment, WHNS reports.
The arrest was “completely absurd,” his attorney, David Aylor, said.
Stone hired Aylor to appeal the school suspension and handle the legal issues of his arrest.
“This is a perfect example of ‘political correctness' that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense," Aylor said in a statement. ”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."
The Summerville Police Department claims the charge against Stone is not due to his creative writing assignment.
"The information that is being reported is grossly incorrect in reference to what led to the juvenile being charged," Capt. Jon Rogers said in a police statement. "The charges do not stem from anything involving a dinosaur or writing assignment, but the student's conduct."
The students' assignment required him to write a few sentences about themselves and a status, as if it were on a Facebook page.
"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," Stone said he wrote in his fictional story.
It was the use of the word “gun” and the phrase, “take care of business,” that caused his teacher to contact school officials, who then went to the police.
Stone contends his statements were taken out of context.
"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, said. ”First of all, we don't have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he's not even old enough to buy a gun."
School officials allege that Stone became “very irate” when they asked him about his story. He told them it was a joke. He was handcuffed after allegedly becoming disruptive.
Students at the school were kept in their classrooms while police searched Stone’s locker and book bag, The Post and Courier reports. They did not find any type of weapon.
The school did not notify Stone’s mother before police arrested him, WHNS reports.
"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," Gray said. "I never heard from the school, never. They never called me."
Stone realizes what he wrote is of a sensitive nature, but does not think the school reacted appropriately.
"I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don't see the harm in it," Stone said. "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."