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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

timothy posted about a month ago | from the tell-me-again-about-our-troubled-youth dept.

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Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes In South Carolina a 16-year old boy, Alex Stone, was arrested and charged with creating a disturbance at his school, as well as suspended, for choosing to write: "I killed my neighbor's pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business," in response to a class writing assignment. The story has attracted international attention.

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Land of insanity (5, Insightful)

qbast (1265706) | about a month ago | (#47737547)

Only in America ...

Mandatory panic! (5, Insightful)

khasim (1285) | about a month ago | (#47737643)

a. He's a he.
b. He's a teenager.
c. He goes to a school.
d. He wrote the word "gun" in a "fantasy" story.

Mandatory panic! Alert the police! Search EVERYTHING! Connect the dots!

Personally, I blame the teacher for not sufficiently explaining the limits of the assignment.

Re: Mandatory panic! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737671)

Was he black?

Re: Mandatory panic! (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | about a month ago | (#47737895)

Why would that matter?
Does your opinion on the events change depending on his skin color?

Re: Mandatory panic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738005)

It was a Homework assignment......

Re: Mandatory panic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738151)

It sure is KKK in here.

Re: Mandatory panic! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738057)

No, he's still alive.

Re:Mandatory panic! (5, Interesting)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about a month ago | (#47737693)

Mandatory panic! Alert the police! Search EVERYTHING! Connect the dots! Personally, I blame the teacher for not sufficiently explaining the limits of the assignment.

I doubt very much the reaction would have been the same if he'd written that he did it with bow & arrow.

As far as I am concerned, it was the school's actions that were criminal. First, censorship is not the business of schools. Second, they called the police over a non-crime. They didn't even have a reasonable suspicion that any crime had been committed.

It's one thing to say "no guns in school". It's quite another to ban any mention of them. This isn't China.

Re:Mandatory panic! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737781)

I doubt very much the reaction would have been the same if he'd written that he did it with bow & arrow.

Well, of course, the arrow would have bounced off the dino's skin and the dinosaur would have eaten him, end of story!

Yes it is. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737849)

This isn't China.

We have gone to idiotic mode here in the States - beyond plaid.

We have been taken over by the lying bullying pundits - Hannity,Maddow, O'Reilly, Oberman, etc ....

Our media isn't really state controlled as it is corporate controlled - the corporations use the government to solidify their idiocy.

Even my beloved NPR doesn't escape my cynicism when the Koch brothers sponsor it along with many corporate sponsors - regardless of their political leanings.

We are being bombarded by shit.

Shit media.

All of it.

And it has become impossible for us to differentiate the shit from the Truth.

Mix in 110 proof pundits like Hannity and Limbaugh, and we're fucked.

I am trying to cut myself off from media - even the Internet.

It is getting ridiculous.

To paraphrase Thich Nhat Hanh, 'Don't watch the news. If it is really important, you will hear about it.'

I don't mean to stick my head in the sand, but when I cannot get the facts - or I have to sift through countless media outlets to get it - I just have to say, "Fuck it! Let me take care of my neighbor!"

Re:Yes it is. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737937)

"my beloved NPR.." - there's your problem. No news organization should be "beloved". It just makes you their bitch. Just because you don't like the facts that you are getting doesn't mean that you "cannot get the facts".

Re:Mandatory panic! (5, Insightful)

BronsCon (927697) | about a month ago | (#47737891)

I dunno, I robbed a bank once by walking in, unarmed, writing "gun" on a piece of paper, and then shooting everyone in the place with it. Once I'd shot all of them, there was nobody to trigger the alarm or stop me from walking out with all the money.

Letting people write the word "gun" on a piece of paper is very dangerous.

And yes, for those who can't detect satire, this really did happen. We should ban pens and paper so it doesn't happen again.

Re:Mandatory panic! (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about a month ago | (#47738099)

We should ban pens and paper so it doesn't happen again.

"Oh no! He typed 'pens and paper!' When will they stop?!?"

Re:Mandatory panic! (5, Insightful)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a month ago | (#47737921)

yeah, losing your shit is a sure fire way to demonstrate calm and respectful behavior to a young kid writing about *his* fantasies.

if it was a girl she probably would have been treated differently too

our culture is a culture of fear and cowardice :( plain and simple, when we all realise this collectively (lets hope it doesn't take a collective ass kicking) we'll grow up

Until then, our empire is tiny and shitty compared to the aztecs and mighty vikings that came before it, we will see

Re:Mandatory panic! (3, Insightful)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a month ago | (#47737935)

p.s. ps this isn't a testosterone fueled rant, about warrior races, this is coming from someone who is out and proud of who they are and unafraid of their speech still.

we could stand to learn a lot from independent more decentralized cultures from all over the world if they were studied as such, but they are put down as primitive and backwards in history class, while the great white empire of the east india trading company and royal academy of sciences is touted as the greatest achievements of mankind

Re:Mandatory panic! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737717)

The police account was that he became "irate" and that's why they had to arrest him. So I'd add to your list e. (isn't rich and) doesn't act how the police like.
 
The best case spin on this for the police is as another version of the "Don't tase me, bro!" guy.

Re:Mandatory panic! (5, Insightful)

meerling (1487879) | about a month ago | (#47737899)

Irate? Yeah, I'd have become "irate" if some blithering idiot was accusing me of violating the law for a piece of fiction written for class in which his character (modeled as himself) hunted a species that became extinct millions of years ago. (Of course, being a "pet dinosaur" you could probably classify it as fantasy.)

As to fiction including guns. Oh no! Go arrest EVERY AUTHOR ON THE PLANET!!!

The ones disturbing the school were the police and the idiots that panicked over the short story/assignment. At least one person deserves to be fired.

When I think back to the stories I wrote for class back in high school, morons like the ones at his school would have called out the police, fire department, FBI, NSA, NASA, Marines, Air Force, and MIB!

Re:Mandatory panic! (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737719)

Yes this stuff gets outrageous. We had a personal experience with it 3 years ago. In a high school English class our son - 15 at the time - was assigned to write a simple biographical essay. They got to chose the subject and needed to have it approved by the teacher. Our son chose Mikhail Kalashnikov and the teacher approved it. They were then allowed to use class computers to do some research. The teacher freaked out and had our kid taken the to the office and there was a big brouhaha because he was "looking at a web site with guns on it". Really? Really? You don't expect to have some pictures of guns in biographical information about the guy who designed the fracking AK-47 along with several other guns? Argh! If they didn't want guns to be seen on school computers perhaps they should not allow students to select the designers of said guns as their biographical assignment. Yep, out of control loonies running the schools.

Re:Mandatory panic! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737785)

His teacher heard the name and thought the paper would be a fluff piece extolling the brutes of communism. Surprise, Teach'!

Re:Mandatory panic! (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about a month ago | (#47737797)

At first I thought you were taking about this guy [youtube.com] , and all I could think was: "OK. I'm not really a fan either, but expecting the teacher to assume the presence of guns might be taking even my disdain for it a bit too far"

Re:Mandatory panic! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738045)

I look forward to the day I can look out of my window and see an "Enlightened(TM)" corpse swinging from every lamppost.

Re:Mandatory panic! (1)

timeOday (582209) | about a month ago | (#47737767)

He wasn't arrested for writing about shooting the neighbors' dinosaur. He was questioned about it, and then he escalated things from there. The story even says this. Even so, this type of anecdotal story is utterly worthless without knowing the backstory and what else was going on. Maybe it's just as ridiculous as it sounds, more likely not, but you really can't tell anything either way from these little tabloid "Can You Believe It!?" writeups.

Re:Mandatory panic! (4, Insightful)

jedidiah (1196) | about a month ago | (#47737881)

Actually, based on the writeup it sounds like he could be guilty of nothing more than knowing his rights.

He was questioned by police without his parents. That's not acceptable. He shouldn't be punished for anything that arose from an illegal interrogation. He may have simply refused to cooperate.

Re:Mandatory panic! (4, Informative)

AthanasiusKircher (1333179) | about a month ago | (#47737967)

He was questioned by police without his parents. That's not acceptable. He shouldn't be punished for anything that arose from an illegal interrogation. He may have simply refused to cooperate.

I don't know anything about what happened in this particular case, but in general, your assertion about the law is not true. Minors may be questioned by police without parents present. However, what the Supreme Court has said is that police may have to adjust their standard of when to issue a Miranda warning, depending on the subject's age. The normal standard is that Miranda is not required for questioning when a reasonable person in that situation would feel free to leave at any point. However, minors may sometimes assume they must be more obedient to authority figures and therefore may not feel they are free to leave -- thus, in some cases the Miranda standard should be altered to take that into account. Minors may therefore need to be advised of their rights earlier, or offered an opportunity to speak with parents or counsel to help them understand their rights in that situation.

But there's no legal requirement in the U.S. that parents always need to be present for police to talk to a minor or ask him questions. You haven't presented any evidence of an "illegal interrogation."

Re:Mandatory panic! (1)

AthanasiusKircher (1333179) | about a month ago | (#47737989)

By the way -- I'm NOT at all saying I agree with the actions by the police in this situation. The outcome certainly sounds ridiculous. But just because his parents weren't present doesn't make the police questioning "illegal."

Mod parent up! (4, Insightful)

khasim (1285) | about a month ago | (#47737973)

From TFA:

Police told My Fox Chicago that Stone was difficult during questioning and they arrested him and charged him with disturbing the school.

How did "the school" know about this? At most his teacher and the school principal and the regional/district/whatever superintendent should have been aware of the issue.

If anyone was "disturbing" "the school" it would have been one of those three (or the cops) and they should be arrested.

For a student, being "difficult during questioning" should (at most) result in expulsion AND NOT ARREST.

Re:Mandatory panic! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738217)

So, you do not find cops questioning and searching 16 years old boy after fictional Facebook post mentioning gunning down dinosaur overreaction?

They questioned and searched him and he became difficult cause they acted like bunch of idiots. Then they arrested him, because you have to totally submit yourself to cops no matter how ridiculous their reason for detaining and searching you. Right?

Re:Land of insanity (2)

Aighearach (97333) | about a month ago | (#47737843)

I'm in America, and when I was in 7th grade I wrote a sci-fi story where all the characters were cooked inside a giant microwave oven disguised as a movie theater.

I got a perfect grade on it.

I'm sure in any large country there are numerous strange school decisions, just based on statistics. Heck, even just in 1 US State there should be enough school decisions being made to find outliers in numerous directions. Certainly at a minimum I would expect both excessive responses to minimally violent expression, and also excessively mild responses to actual violence.

When I read your comment I think, "wow, your school system didn't teach math or social studies very well." But you could also just be a bigot.

Re:Land of insanity (1)

qbast (1265706) | about a month ago | (#47738179)

And how many years ago it was? Besides giant oven is ok - you did not use any of the magic words like 'gun', 'bomb', etc.

Re:Land of insanity (3, Insightful)

CQDX (2720013) | about a month ago | (#47737909)

If I was a kid today I'd probably be institutionalized.

When I was in 1st grade or so the Vietnam War was on the news all the time and I was just getting into plastic model building. My favorite thing to do was to build Army tanks and helicopters and play war with them. One day at school we had to write a little story and draw a picture with it. I wrote little scenario where a bunch of Army tanks and helicopters were blowing a bridge with a bunch of NVA crossing it (didn't know what a NVA was, they were just the bad guys). The picture had lots of explosions and bodies flying everywhere. It was very colorful and had a lot of detail. I got a good mark for my creativity.

In the afternoon we'd play Army with plastic guns that looked liked the real thing. None of this pink gun shit. We didn't shoot imaginary dinosaurs. We were out hunting Germans and Japanese soldiers. Whoever got stuck being the enemy would at least have fun hamming up his death scene. I guess it wasn't such a big deal back then because I grew up in San Diego and there were more than a few WWII vets that would egg us on.

I don't look forward to seeing what our world will be like when the current crop of kids grow up to be our nation's leaders.

LOL (4, Insightful)

war4peace (1628283) | about a month ago | (#47737549)

Only in 'Murica.
Here' if a 16-year old writes something like that, everyone would have a good laugh.

Re:LOL (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a month ago | (#47737603)

The child understood that dinosaurs don't exist anymore. It's not clear that the police were operating from the same viewpoint [creationmuseum.org] .

Re:LOL (5, Funny)

0123456 (636235) | about a month ago | (#47737683)

The police were probably just hoping they'd get a chance to shoot a dinosaur themselves.

Re:LOL (0)

Aighearach (97333) | about a month ago | (#47737865)

Only in 'Murica.
Here' if a 16-year old writes something like that, everyone would have a good laugh.

That's what happens in "'Murica," too. Unfortunately, we also have nationalist bigots like you. You'd feel right at home, I'm sure. You could just replace "'Murica" with France or China in your hate speech.

Did it cross your mind that perhaps you were misled by a sensationalist tabloid? Don't they also have tabloids in your country? I'll bet they do.

Re:LOL (1)

qbast (1265706) | about a month ago | (#47738185)

Come on, show me link to story that got French or Chinese kid arrested over writing school assignment about shooting something.

Re:LOL (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | about a month ago | (#47737897)

Well gee, Sparky. Why don't you tell us what pseudoenlighted country you live in. So that we may delve into some random idiotic episode that happens in your hinterland and make fun of it.

Everywhere has some stupid crap going on.

Re:LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738079)

You're right, but 'murica beats everyone with how stupid their shit is

Re:LOL (1)

war4peace (1628283) | about a month ago | (#47738207)

Oh we have our fair share of retarded stuff happening, but punishing teenagers for writing stupid shit clearly ain't it.

Future serial killer? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737553)

Better throw him him in jail to be sure! Otherwise, people will want heads to roll for this obvious foreshadowing if no one does anything.

NSPCD, get on that! (2)

slgrimes (974517) | about a month ago | (#47737605)

I'll bet the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Dinosaurs will put him in his place.

Re:NSPCD, get on that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737915)

Pfft, that's not even a real organization.

The closest I could find was the Extinct Species Rights Organization.

Just like Happy days.. (3, Insightful)

mrbcs (737902) | about a month ago | (#47737609)

America has jumped the shark..

This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Will it ever stop?

Re:Just like Happy days.. (0, Flamebait)

Aighearach (97333) | about a month ago | (#47737939)

Maybe it is your anti-American hate that jumped the shark. Will it ever stop? I doubt it. No reason to expect humans to behave differently wherever you come from.

You might have missed the part where the story isn't from a newspaper that is claiming to have researched it and presented the facts. It is actually from a blog called the "mommy files," and they don't describe the actual charges, or interview anybody other than the student and his mother.

Also note that the assignment was not "creative writing." The students were supposed to write something about themselves. So that is what he wrote "about himself," that he acquired had acquired a gun and killed his neighbor's pet. Clearly that is protected speech, but it is perfectly reasonable in that circumstance to investigate if there was an actual pet (or human) who had been shot. It is common for teenagers who do something violent to make up a "story" so they can deal emotionally with their actions. Using an imaginary creature as a proxy for a real person or animal is normal in that situation. They weren't investigating him because he said the word "gun." There is more context here, and anybody with knowledge of child psychology should see that it is worth looking into whatever problems this child had that led him to this expression; at least in a preliminary way to see if he was discussing real violence. Obviously that would be more effectively done by a mental health professional than by the police. But if the police are the ones called, and his behavior towards them is disruptive, it is perfectly normal that he would receive a minor charge based on being disruptive. Unfortunately most schools don't teach children about their rights, and how to deal with police officers in a way that protects your rights without exposing you to legal charges. Freaking out and yelling at them and refusing to cooperate is usually going to get a person a minor charge. That is true in most of the world.

Re:Just like Happy days.. (0)

AK Marc (707885) | about a month ago | (#47738089)

Maybe it is your anti-American hate that jumped the shark.

Why are you arguing this point? Do you believe the USA is the best country on the planet?

Re:Just like Happy days.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738133)

Government schools in America jumped the shark about 40 years ago. Local government police jumped the shark 15-20 years ago. As a whole, America jumped the shark November 6, 2012.

Please, don't tell them ... (3, Insightful)

Rambo Tribble (1273454) | about a month ago | (#47737623)

... but I strangled my neighbor's unicorn, last night.

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (1)

hduff (570443) | about a month ago | (#47737651)

... but I strangled my neighbor's unicorn, last night.

Or you could have sodomized that unicorn. That would have been OK as well.

But mention the word "gun" and everybody goes batshiat insane!

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (0)

Aighearach (97333) | about a month ago | (#47737993)

The word "gun" had nothing to do with the problem. The assignment was non-fiction, to write about himself. He wrote that he killed a neighbor's pet. That the "pet" is an imaginary creature suggests he might have serious guilt problems associated with having killed a real pet, or even a human; or witnessed such a crime. Or he could just be a teenager who wanted to be disruptive in class. Most likely the latter, but it is reasonable to check. They probably should have called a district mental health professional, not the police.

If it was a creative writing assignment this would not have raised the same red flags.

Also keep in mind, and I know we don't read the stories, but it is a blog called the "mommy files" and they only interviewed mommy and her perfect little darling. And he didn't freak out during the interview, like he did in the police interview. And neither he nor his mommy attempts to explain factually what behavior he was actually charged with. I'll give you a hint, though, it is the same (minor) charge he'd get if he was caught pulling a fire alarm or shouting "fire."

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738061)

Look, if it upsets you that much, post your address and I'll be glad to mail you a hankie. A nice pink one to go with your politics.

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738123)

he was caught pulling a fire alarm or shouting "fire."

But he wasn't. I know you Republicans always have trouble with the truth, but that's ridiculous. He did not pull the fire alarm. He did not pull the fire alarm. HE DID NOT PULL THE FIRE ALARM. If he had, that would be a crime. You might as well ask if he was caught anally raping the principal's seven cats while cutting the clitoris off of his teacher's vagina. That is what your nonsense is like. Please stop doing this typical Republican thing. It is disgusting.

This boy was beaten and thrown in a hole because he is black. Stop ignoring the facts. Of course that's all you Republicans do. Try watching a news channel instead of your Faux Knews garbage. I guess you got this fire alarm nonsense from those morons.

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (1)

countach (534280) | about a month ago | (#47738137)

Maybe the gun was a water pistol. Maybe the "killing" was part of a game. It's quite possible this status report was actually true in its own context, not creepy at all, not weird at all. Don't you think asking a few questions might have been the first step, rather than calling in police, mental health people or whoever?

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (1)

greenwow (3635575) | about a month ago | (#47738149)

> pulling a fire alarm

But he didn't. So you have no defense for the thugs in blue so you just start spouting garbage. Typical CONservative garbage. This site is dead because you people have taken it over and ruined it. I miss when this was a technical site rather than a platform for people like Aighearach to preach his message of racism.

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (2)

Kohath (38547) | about a month ago | (#47738165)

You are the problem. Stop trying to police everyone. Stop trying to be everyone's insane busybody mom. Mind your own business.

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (1)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | about a month ago | (#47737653)

And there's a new euphemism for the list.

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738171)

Oh, man, I strangled my neighbor's unicorn so much last night... Kept going till there were rainbows all over the place. LOL!

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (4, Funny)

Eevee (535658) | about a month ago | (#47737663)

... but I strangled my neighbor's unicorn, last night.

Now, I've heard the phrase choking the chicken before, but that one's a new euphemism to me.

Re: Please, don't tell them ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737845)

I just wish those PETA protestors outside my house would realize that no actual chickens were harmed while choking my chicken.

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (1)

Aighearach (97333) | about a month ago | (#47738027)

A unicorn is a bi-sexual person of either gender, generally in the context of a threesome with a couple and where the unicorn has sex with both members of the couple.

So I think he means he gave a hand job to his neighbors bisexual male third wheel. What a bunch of sluts. LOL

Legal in most States. ;)

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737673)

That's worthy of an extended visit to Gitmo. Unicorns are endangered you know.

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (1)

Rambo Tribble (1273454) | about a month ago | (#47737741)

I was afraid of that. So, how do you get pixie dust off your hands?

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (1)

ArcadeNut (85398) | about a month ago | (#47737749)

This is exactly why I support the banning of hands! Just think of all the crime it would stop! Strangling, Shootings, Stabbing, Stealing... Without hands, you cannot do any of that (easily)!

Re:Please, don't tell them ... (2)

Rambo Tribble (1273454) | about a month ago | (#47737771)

Isn't that what they call "Sharia Law"?

I thought this only happened in Florida (4, Insightful)

Issarlk (1429361) | about a month ago | (#47737659)

And as for the kid and his pet dinosaur killing, here's an even more disturbing news: so kids as young as maybe 8 are shooting at each other in pretend cowboy-indian or thief-policeman "games". Time to build more prisons for youngsters.

Re:I thought this only happened in Florida (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737695)

Youngsters?

Do not minimize the dangers that these pint-size suspects pose to law enforcement safety. 8 year olds should serve mandatory 20 year sentences in prison for pretending to make a gun shaped hand motion at another 8 year old who is designated as the sherrif. Law enforcement safety comes first.

Re:I thought this only happened in Florida (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a month ago | (#47737917)

Time to build more prisons for youngsters.

What, have Truancy Officers really been slacking that much?

Re:I thought this only happened in Florida (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738015)

When every Christmas come
You buy the youth a pretty toy gun
When every Christmas comes around
You buy the youth a fancy toy gun

So, you can't blame the youths when they get bad
You can't fool the youths
You can't blame the youths of today
You can't fool the youths

South Carolina better play nice with their intelligent youth or they will leave. I know I ran away as fast as I could when I was old enough.

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737669)

How'd it taste?

My pet dinosaur ate my neighbor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737679)

He had bought a gun to take care of business, but really who brings a gun to a dinosaur fight?

Re:My pet dinosaur ate my neighbor (2)

NotSanguine (1917456) | about a month ago | (#47737731)

He had bought a gun to take care of business, but really who brings a gun to a dinosaur fight?

Get real. Everyone knows you need A Gun For Dinosaur [wikipedia.org] . I wonder if de Camp [wikipedia.org] was arrested for this story. Sigh.

Re:My pet dinosaur ate my neighbor (1)

Khyber (864651) | about a month ago | (#47737761)

Bonus points for quoting one of my favorite stories.

Re:My pet dinosaur ate my neighbor (1)

NotSanguine (1917456) | about a month ago | (#47737875)

Bonus points for quoting one of my favorite stories.

It is a good one. Although, I'd more highly recommend The Gnarly Man [wikipedia.org] if you haven't read it.

South Carolina (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737705)

What will those wacky liberals in South Carolina come up with next?

Debbil in de details (1, Insightful)

paiute (550198) | about a month ago | (#47737707)

If you read the details of the story, it becomes quite a bit less sensational.

Re:Debbil in de details (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737775)

By the details you mean he was "difficult during questioning." Which obviously means he should be charged with disturbing the school and suspended for a week.

Re:Debbil in de details (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737879)

How much do you want to bet that being "difficult during questioning" was him stating they're acting like a bunch of insane idiots?

Re:Debbil in de details (1)

Aighearach (97333) | about a month ago | (#47738055)

When a blog called "the mommy files" interviews mommy and her little darling and describe his behavior as having been "difficult," without giving any account of the police or school version of events, you should probably read that as, "luckily he didn't get charged with assaulting a police officer, because that is what an adult would have gotten."

Re: Debbil in de details (2)

bistromath007 (1253428) | about a month ago | (#47737787)

...How so? I just read it, and the only thing that makes it in any way "less sensational" is the fact that this mother and child are both so thoroughly whipped by this idiotic culture that they're playing along with the idea of it being the kid's fault for daring to have some cheek.

Re:Debbil in de details (5, Insightful)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about a month ago | (#47737857)

If you read the details of the story, it becomes quite a bit less sensational.

The details make it worse because not kissing police officers asses resulted in bullshit disturbance charges. (e.g. retaliation)

Not only did the grownups at the school abuse their authority so did the police.

Re:Debbil in de details (1, Insightful)

jedidiah (1196) | about a month ago | (#47738075)

No. If you read the details of the story, it becomes MORE sensational.

A minor was questioned by the police without his parents present.

Re:Debbil in de details (5, Insightful)

sjames (1099) | about a month ago | (#47738173)

In what way? 16 year old writes two clearly flippant sentences that cannot possibly be true. School officials, apparently too mentally ill to distinguish reality from fantasy, call the cops. Cops, apparently also mentally ill, question the boy as if what he wrote could possibly be a confession. They then arrest him for the perfectly natural outrage he expressed at being subjected to their madness. Then principal Nutty McCuckoo suspends him for a week over the incident that the school instigated.

In what way is that not sensational?

In a just world, the students and their parents will mock and ridicule the principal until he is forced to resign. He brought it upon himself by refusing to be more mature than the kids in his charge.

guns guns guns (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737709)

Their whole society is based on worship of guns, possibly because of the success with which them Injuns were driven off their land with them. 70% of Hollywood films show how good will triumph if it has more guns, better guns, bigger guns. Yet, if a child should mention the word or make gun-shaped toast or point a gun-shaped finger, he (always he?) is treated with absurd ferocity as if he is a dangerous deviant. Go 'Merkins.

Nation of Retards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737715)

So in the country that brought us "You can't take my gun unless you pry it from my cold dead hand", you can't actually mention "gun"?

Re:Nation of Retards (0)

just_a_monkey (1004343) | about a month ago | (#47737777)

You laugh, but if Obama bin Laden had gone to this school, you can be sure that he would not have been flying that plane into that building ten years ago. This is how it starts.

Lawsuit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737733)

Zero Tolerance Money Making Opportunity

Now I'm worried about Holocaust assignments (2)

FutureRobertOverlord (3751905) | about a month ago | (#47737737)

Clearly what this means is that any kid who writes any assignment about any subject is going to carry out the contents of what they wrote. There are thousands of schoolchildren writing about the Holocaust who should probably be locked up before they commit genocide.

What else? (1)

Stoutlimb (143245) | about a month ago | (#47737751)

He'll probably get jail time if he admits he chokes his chicken too...

Re:What else? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738211)

According to rumors he also spanked a monkey once.

In his defense, the monkey was throwing feces first, so it had it coming. Silly monkey...

Don't Ask if you Don't Want (4, Interesting)

The Raven (30575) | about a month ago | (#47737753)

This is ludicrous. He should get an A on the assignment... it was completely convincing apparently, despite the inclusion of a pet dinosaur. The school administration and cops were all convinced. The kid should put it on his fucking college resume: "Turned in a story that was so well written I got arrested for the fictitious deed."

Alternately, his college application could be, "I got this excellent ACT score despite being taught in a school that doesn't realize Dinosaurs are extinct."

Re:Don't Ask if you Don't Want (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about a month ago | (#47737815)

No wonder's they are extinct. School kids keep shooting 'em!

Re:Don't Ask if you Don't Want (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47737955)

FTFA (w/emphasis mine): When a South Carolina student was given an assignment by his teacher to create a Facebook-type status report telling something interesting about himself

Frankly the teacher, school administration and related law enforcement should all be charged with child abuse. Anyone making a Facebook related assignment should also be charged with corruption of a minor.

side comment: The term "gun control" obviously was not thought up by anyone that ever went to basic. Ex-soldiers and marines, did anyone in your platoon make the mistake of saying "gun"?

Re:Don't Ask if you Don't Want (2)

Culture20 (968837) | about a month ago | (#47738199)

FTFA (w/emphasis mine): When a South Carolina student was given an assignment by his teacher to create a Facebook-type status report telling something interesting about himself

Huh. Then he was following the rules of the assignment. Facebook statuses are mostly fiction, and some are fantasy.

Probably all too plausible (2, Insightful)

sacrilicious (316896) | about a month ago | (#47737773)

The school officials probably felt that since it was only 6000 years ago that dinosaurs weren't only confined to zoos, the plausibility of the essay was too eerily real.

Coming soon... (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about a month ago | (#47737803)

Jurassic Park banned from video stores for being terrorist propaganda!

Disturbance in the course (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about a month ago | (#47737827)

Have to love broad laws willfully designed to make everyone guilty.

When the kings dislike you they need to have a "legitimate" excuse to beat you down and lock you away in their dungeons.

I give up (3, Interesting)

Guru80 (1579277) | about a month ago | (#47737893)

Society is collectively out of their damn minds. Pretty soon sneezing in public will almost certainly be considered a biological weapon attack, because Ebola!!!...arrest and solitary him immediately!

He should have... (1)

countach (534280) | about a month ago | (#47738095)

If he'd said he'd shot Osama bin Laden, they probably would have made him Valedictorian, and nominated him for a medal.

I had to switch my stepson's junior high school (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738181)

He mentioned the word "gun" to a classmate, (he was in army cadets at the time) A teacher overheard him, and apparently this was a banned word at the school. The principal threatened to suspend him if he even mentioned the word "gun" again on school property. We promptly moved him to another school. This was in Canada by the way. Political correctness gone amok. Ironically, my dad used to fire rifles at his school as a part of ROTC training in Nova Scotia. How times have changed.

Agenda (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47738201)

It is clear that the real reason he was arrested was for believing in dinosaurs.

Everyone knows that the world is 1000 years old and that God created dinosaur skeletons to trick heathens.

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