A 16-year-old Summerville High School student says he was arrested Tuesday morning and suspended after writing about killing a dinosaur using a gun.
Apparently he was given an assignment to write a few sentences about himself as if it were a status update on Facebook and he chose to write about killing a dinosaur. Needless to say it was obviously fictional as dinosaurs no longer walk the earth and there was no mention of a time machine anywhere in the posting. But it had the G-word in it so of course the school had to go and report a 16-year old to the authorities for reprogramming.
At that point the teacher or administrator involved should have gotten a stern tongue lashing from the police about wasting their time. But no. Not in today’s America. They actually sent a cop out to search the kid’s locker for a gun and then arrest him.
Summerville police officials say Stone was disruptive and was told that he was being detained for disturbing schools.
Stone was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. District officials say the student has been suspended.
The disruption to which they are referring consisted of him completing his assignment. So there you go. You can be arrested for writing a story in Summerville, SC. Who knew?
No word as of yet on whether they found the body of the dinosaur or whether it was only wounded and is still at large.
My takeaway is that the school employees and the policeman involved should not be allowed to come back to their jobs until they find the corpse of the dinosaur. If it is important enough to arrest someone over then it is important enough to gather evidence. Perhaps the absurdity of that assignment would impress upon them the Kafkaesque stupidity in which they are engaged.
And I don’t want to hear another damned word about the schools or the police being underfunded when they have time and resources to engage in this sort of silliness. This is yet another case where we would all feel safer if the authorities were the ones being arrested — and where the kids are shown to be far more mature than the adults who are supposedly supervising them.
As Insty is fond of saying, sending your kids to public school is tantamount to child abuse these days. We can just add this sort of hysteria to the list as to why.