Attorney releases statement on student's arrest, suspension for dinosaur story

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) - A Summerville High School student was arrested and suspended on the second day of school.

According to Dorchester District 2 officials, the student wrote about bringing a weapon to school in an assignment and the teacher reported it to school administrators.

The principal followed the district's procedures and suspended the student, district officials said.

Following the suspension, the resource officer called to have the student arrested by Summerville police, officials said. He was charged with disrupting school, a police report shows.

According to an incident report from the Summerville Police Department, the student wrote that he had "bought a gun to take care of business." After the teacher contacted police, they searched the student's locker and belongings but no weapon was found.

The family of the student is being represented by Attorney David Aylor. On Thursday he released a statement claiming his client's story was about "a neighbor's dinosaur and a gun."

However, Summerville police say the story of a dinosaur - first perpetuated in a report from a local television station - is "grossly incorrect" in regards to what led to the teen being charged.

"The charges do not stem from anything involving a dinosaur or a writing assignment, but from the students conduct. A clarification to the story would be in the best interest to the public," said a release from Summerville police.

But Aylor said the matter of the teen's arrest and suspension still needs to be addressed.

"This is a perfect example of 'political correctness' that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense," he said. "The arrest and suspension of my client is completely absurd and further erodes the confidence parents and taxpayers have in our teachers and administrators who are tasked with educating our children and preparing them for higher education or entering the work force."

Aylor said they plan to appeal the suspension and then tackle legal issues of the teen's arrest.