The Dangers of Creativity

What is it about our public school systems? They just can’t seem to understand what creative people are all about – especially creative students. LB has stories about how every time he wrote a short story for an English class in middle school and high school he had to defend himself against his teachers’ accusations of plagiarism because, they said, “It’s written too well.”

But that was then. Now, it’s worse:

OperationATeam-arrestHigh School Student Arrested for Writing About Shooting a Dinosaur
by The Times-Union

School is back in session and a creative writing assignment already has led to the suspension and arrest of an imaginative 16-year old South Carolina high school student.

Alex Stone’s teacher asked him and fellow classmates to write something about themselves and their current status — like something you might write on Facebook.

Stone wrote a fictional account in which he slew a dinosaur. He used the word “gun.” He also used the words “take care of business.”

“I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur,” he said he wrote. “And, then, in the next status I said I bought the gun to take care of the business,” he told Charleston TV station WCSC.

Stone’s teacher contacted administrators of Summerville High School, who suspended the student. School officials notified police of the incident Tuesday. Stone explained his writing about the extinct species was imaginative.

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