Throw The Book At Him!: High Schooler Arrested For Writing Story About Shooting Neighbor's Pet Dinosaur

August 21, 2014


Seen here with a hornet's nest on his head, 16-year old Alex Stone of Summerville, South Carolina, was arrested at school after writing a short story about killing his neighbor's pet dinosaur. A really short story. Like, it was two lines. My erotic dino fan fiction? Twenty-two 800+ page volumes. Six-point font.

Stone said he and his classmates were given an assignment to write a few sentences about themselves, and to list a "status" as if they were completing a Facebook post.

Wait -- what? An assignment to write a few sentences about yourself and a Facebook status? WHAT THE F*** KIND OF ASSIGNMENT IS THAT?! These are 16-year olds. I don't even remember doing anything so stupid on the first day of 3rd grade.

The teen wrote "I killed my neighbor's pet dinosaur." In the status section, Stone said, he wrote "I bought the gun to take care of the business."

His mom said she was angry that school administrators did not call her before contacting police, who arrested her son and charged him with disorderly conduct after he argued with officers.

Admittedly, that is really f***ing creepy to have written. Now I'm not saying there's anything wrong with Alex, but I'm not saying there isn't anything NOT wrong with Alex either. Actually, the more I reread his writing the more I'm starting to wonder just what the hell is going on in this kid's head. "Says the guy who daydreams about boning dinosaurs." Hey -- those feelings are NATURAL. They're part of the human genetic code from our days as cavemen.

Thanks to PYY, who agrees maybe Alex should have stuck to, "I need a haircut and I don't like to smile."

  • This is local to me. Truth actually is this: The kid was brought in for questioning on the grounds that the 2 Facebook posts were written apart from one another rather than 1 cohesive post. And so, it was seen by some that he was "bringing guns to handle the business" but unclear what that business was.

    He was arrested not because of his posts but because he tried to act all big, bad and uncooperative with the police until he was in cuffs when it all turned into this "whaa whaa boo hoo" fest.

    Regardless - How stupid is this assignment!? I don't know how I feel about teaching our kids to use Facebook. Like, do they really need an assignment in which they make Facebook posts? wtf.

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  • stacybak

    Wow, way to stifle and crush any sense of creative spirit! I wrote a story once in middle school about being shipwrecked on a tropical island and there were some risque scenes that took place in the story. 20 years ago I was praised, but if a kid were to write something like that today, there would probably be psychological evaluations and abuse counseling involved.

    Sometimes adults read way too much into a kid's work when it seems to me that this kid was just trying to have fun with another lame assignment.

  • Scott Aspden

    Unbelievably pathetic! There's is a lot worse fiction in millions of books out there.. whats the next step, corrective thinking therapy? overblown about nothing, a waste of the city's resources and manpower, rather use the time and salaries wasted on this to fight actual crime.. !

  • Joey Svitek

    The police are just as fucking retarded for charging him.

  • joevsyou

    schools are out of control....

  • Kyle Chapman

    When did teachers and police officers become qualified psychoanalysts of short fiction?

  • DrZanz

    Wow really?! Good job the world wasn't this fucked up when I was in school.

  • TheOtherJK

    Not one reference to Bradbury's 'Sound of Thunder'. I am disappoint.

  • Jason Christopher

    I am more bothered by this kid's hair than anything else.

  • Mister Cerberus

    So we can now be arrested for committing fictional, impossible crimes.


  • stuffsticks

    God dam people are getting stupid... I wrote a story at his age about a bunch of genetically modified elephants that wiped humans off the planet. Did i get arrested? no because it was just a story, one that has no real world association. Just like a kid writing about shooting a dinosaur.. ridiculous

  • Deksam

    I just wrote on my Facebook status "I killed my neighbor's pet dinosaur." "I bought the gun to take care of the business." In the status section. Who's with me?

  • Deksam

    They are lucky he didn't use his "TITANIUM" powers to blow up the school!

  • Deksam

    When you vote for way more government and have the back bone of projectile puke for those pussy's PC shite, this is what you get in this unbalanced Obama-Nation! Well, that and rioting looting hoping to prove some pathetic point that they have yet again undermined. That is about the time when the big armored government shows up with their ARs and hollow point ammo and start shooting your neighbours pet dinosaur. How's that working out for ya?

  • Doug Eldridge

    There are not enough face palms in the world for this shit. I want his teacher suspended, and I want the school district to issue a public apology.

  • Welcome to the modern police state where good ole Officer Friendly is now first and last line of defense against teenagers and creative writing assignments.

  • dougfunnay

    the ironic use of "officer friendly"
    speaks volumes about the reality of the situation

  • Bling Nye

    Well Stephen Spielberg was recently photographed with the triceratops he killed mercilessly. It's obviously a trend. This kind of violent, racist, persecution of dinosaurs has got to stop!!1!

  • Jake Small

    This is retarded. I had an assignment in high school around the same age as this kid where I had to write about someone taking the wrong luggage at the airport. My story ended up being about a guy who originally grabbed the wrong luggage but was corrected by a beautiful woman in a red dress because it was actually hers. He then proceeded to follow her to her destination where she robbed a bank with a shotgun and blew a security guard's head off. My teacher was smart enough to realize that I'm a creative writer and didn't call the cops on me.

  • Bling Nye

    The woman did it, not you. The problem here is the knee-jerk reaction school administrators are having to ANY reference to guns or shooting referenced in the first person, in the wake of other prior school shootings that may have been prevented if attention were paid to certain things those kids said before they went off shooting. Damned if you do, damned if you don't, the school administrators aren't taking chances any more and have tossed common sense and reason right out the window in the face of blind fear. Because who wants to be that teacher/principal that didn't alert authorities and there was a subsequent shooting? Obviously odds are against it, but nobody wants that on their conscious or record.

    Basically, it's a sad reality of our current social climate.

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