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Zero Tolerance, Jurassic Edition

Alex Stone did not, in fact, kill his neighbor’s pet dinosaur. “First of all,” said his mother, “we don’t have dinosaurs anymore.” But the 16-year-old did write about buying a gun and shooting such a beast when he was told to write a Facebook status as part of an in-class writing assignment at Summerville (S.C.) High School. And that, he says, led to his suspension — and his arrest. He’s hired a lawyer to fight both. Meanwhile, local police deny that Stone was arrested for “anything involving a dinosaur or writing assignment.” They say he got “very irate” and disruptive when school officials questioned him about what he wrote, and he was charged because of his “conduct.” (AC/WCSC Charleston) ...On the bright side, they think arresting someone for a writing assignment is something to deny.
Original Publication Date: 24 August 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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