A South Carolina High School student says he was suspended and arrested after he turned in a school writing assignment.
Freshman Alex Stone says students were told to write a few sentences about themselves and a “status,” as if it were a Facebook page.
He says in his “status” he wrote a fictional story that involved the words “gun” and “take care of business.”
“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.” Said Stone.
Stone says his statements were taken completely out of context.
Investigators say the teacher contacted school officials who notified police.
His bookbag and locker were searched and a gun was not found.
“What happened to freedom of speech?” Stone’s mother says she is furious that the school did not contact her before her son was arrested. She says her son followed directions and completed an assignment.
“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.”
Stone and his mother say they understand the sensitive nature of what he wrote, but they say it was a rash reaction to an innocent situation.
Police say during their interaction with Stone, he was disruptive.
Stone was arrested and charged with disturbing schools.
Stone’s mother says he’s scheduled to return to school Monday.
Read more: WCSC