Since that fateful April day in 1999 when a couple of psychos unleashed hell on Columbine High School, public school officials across the country have abandoned common sense when it comes to watching out for the next big threat. This has led to a frightening array of ridiculous stories where innocent kids are scolded, suspended, and even arrested for offenses that not even the dumbest liberal would consider noteworthy.
The latest example comes out of Summerville High School in South Carolina. Tuesday morning, a 16-year-old named Alex Stone was arrested by Summerville police when he wrote a fictional story about killing a dinosaur with a gun. Stone crossed the line when completing an assignment that required a short story and a “status” appropriate for Facebook. Ignoring for a moment the question of whether students really need school-sponsored Facebook practice, the absurdity here is that Stone’s “status” was considered dangerous enough to warrant a call to the police.
“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 told reporters. For his humorous tale, the teenager was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct, and suspended from school.
The story thus goes into the history books alongside some of the 21st century’s most ludicrous over-reactions to the spooky specter of guns and violence. There it will join stories like the one about the 6-year-old who was suspended for bringing to school a toy gun about the size of a quarter and the little girl in Philadelphia who was scolded for having a piece of paper that (vaguely) resembled the shape of a handgun.
These idiotic stories encapsulate the government perfectly, ignoring the real problems in favor of addressing the ones that don’t exist. Whenever one of your liberal friends starts mumbling about the need for more public education money, bring up the sad tale of Alex Stone and his fictional dinosaur murder. Would this have happened in a private school, unrestricted by federal indoctrination and liberal gobbledygook? Perhaps – no school is perfect, after all – but at least we could rest assured that our tax dollars weren’t flowing into a corrupt and unfixable institution.
The broader problem is that we’ve seemingly lost all common sense in this country. We can no longer evaluate an incident on a case-by-case basis, and we put people in charge who are utterly incapable of making decisions in the moment. Here, it appears that no one at Summerville High School or the police department had the sense to say, “Well, you know, it’s a stupid story about killing a pet dinosaur. Maybe we shouldn’t arrest him.” One can only hope that charges are dismissed when the town’s residents react with intelligent outrage.
But one’s not holding one’s breath.