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.

Alex Stone said he and his classmates were told in class to write a few sentences about themselves, and a “status” as if it was a Facebook page.

Stone said 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," Stone said.

Stone says his statements were taken completely out of context.

"I could understand if they made him re-write it because he did have "gun" in it. But a pet dinosaur?" said Alex’s mother Karen Gray."I mean first of all, we don’t have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he’s not even old enough to buy a gun."

Investigators say the teacher contacted school officials after seeing the message containing the words “gun” and “take care of business,” and police were then notified on Tuesday.

Summerville police officials say Stone’s bookbag and locker were searched on Tuesday, and a gun was not found.

According to Gray, Stone was suspended for the rest of the week. Gray 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," said Gray.

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.

"I regret it because they put it on my record, but I don’t see the harm in it," Stone said."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."

According to police, when Stone was asked by school officials about the comment written on the assignment, he said it was a joke.

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.


Mykki Blanco, a queer Brooklyn-based rapper, was arrested in Portugal earlier this week for no reason. She says it’s because she is gay.

Blanco, the female rap persona of multi-gendered Michael David Quattlebaum Jr., explained the incident on Facebook. She had just arrived in Portugal on tour and was trying to get a taxi at the airport but was having difficulty figuring out the taxi voucher system. When she asked a policeman for help, he ignored her to begin “eagerly” helping other (white and straight) people in line. She demanded to know why she wasn’t being helped, to which the police officer told her to “Go away, bica (the Portuguese equivalent of faggot).” She said “fuck off” in response — and was immediately arrested for, supposedly, insulting a police officer. It was like a scene out of one of Blanco’s twisted music videos, many of which unflinchingly take on homophobia.

Forty-nine percent of black men have been arrested at least once by age 23, and so have over 40 percent of all men.

Those are the big takeaways from a study in the April issue of Crime & Delinquency that has gained new relevance in light of the events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. University of South Carolina’s Robert Brame, University of Albany’s Shawn Bushway, University of Maryland - College Park’s Ray Paternoster, and University of North Carolina - Charlotte’s Michael Turner estimated “cumulative arrest prevalence” by race and gender using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY). They focused on the 1997 cohort, born between 1980 and 1984. The respondents were surveyed at ages 18 and 23, which would have been between 1998-2002 and 2003-2007, respectively.

The authors group together all non-black, non-Hispanic people, a category that includes white, mixed race, Asian-American, and American Indian people. Disturbingly, if not surprisingly, black men are significantly more likely to have been arrested at both age 18 and age 23 than non-black, non-Hispanic men. Hispanic men are somewhere in between, but the difference between them and both black and non-black, non-Hispanic men isn’t statistically significant: