When it comes to our schools, it’s clear that in many cases the inmates are running the asylum.
Just this week, a girl was suspended for telling a classmate “bless you” after sneezing, now a student in South Carolina has reportedly been arrested for finishing a class assignment by writing about killing his neighbor’s dinosaur with a gun.
Sixteen-year-old Alex Stone of Summerville High School, in Summerville, South Carolina, was arrested Tuesday and suspended because of what he wrote for a class assignment, according to NBC station WCSC.
The assignment was for students to write a few sentences about themselves in the form of a “status update” similar to Facebook.
In his assignment, Alex said, “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.”
Apparently, the word “gun” in any proximity to the phrase “take care of business” is sufficient to send a schoolteacher into a fit of hysteria, as Alex was soon ratted out to the school’s administrators, who in turn called the police.
Alex was confronted by the cops, and his backpack and locker were searched, but to the likely disappointment of school officials, he wasn’t actually packing heat to take out all the dinosaurs. Alex was suspended for a week.
Lost in this whole process was any consideration for the boy’s parents, who were not even contacted until after Alex was arrested.
His mother, Karen Gray, said, “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. I never heard from the school, never. They never called me.”
Also lost sight of in the incident was any notion of adults behaving responsibly and serving as role models to teach children. Every single one of the school officials in this incident behaved in an immature, foolish manner and passed the buck on to someone else, finally handing it to police and giving a child an undeserved criminal record.
The fascist tactics may not have had the desired intimidation effect on Alex and his mother. He said, “I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don’t see the harm in it. 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.”
Students have been penning wild fantasies as long as teachers have been handing out lame writing assignments.
I thought people were truly stupid when director Steven Spielberg was criticized for “killing” a dinosaur when he posed for a photo with the sick triceratops prop from “Jurassic Park.” But this business in Summerville may be the logical outcome of such a frightening disconnection from reality.
The whole liberal anti-gun cult seems to encourage a mental fear state that sometimes verges on a total psychotic break. When grown people call the cops because of the mere mention of a gun in a child’s fantasy, it’s not the child who needs to be arrested.
And the phrase “take care of business” is supposed to be dangerous? It’s a commonplace term. There was even a song called “Takin’ Care of Business.” Are we to think it was actually about shooting people (or dinosaurs)?
Colonial-era coins in America were imprinted with the slogan “Mind your business,” which is pretty good advice for the administrators of Summerville High, although as high-strung as they are, they might perceive it as a threat.
The only dinosaurs who should be gotten rid of are the cry-baby anti-gun liberals running Summerville High School.
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