A fourth-grade boy in Kermit, Texas was suspended from school after bringing his Lord of the Rings “One Ring” to school.
According to school officials at Kermit Elementary School, 9-year-old Aiden Steward was suspended from school after making “terroristic threats” to another classmate. He told the other student he had a “magic ring” forged in Mount Doom, the fictional spot from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series, and that he was going to use it to make the child disappear.
Jason Steward, the boy’s father, said the family had just seen The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and his son “didn’t mean anything” when he told his classmate he had the “one ring to rule them all.”
“Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly,” he said. “I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” he added. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”
Aiden had told his classmate that he was in possession of the One Ring and that he could put it on his friend’s hand and make him invisible as the Hobbit character Bilbo Baggins does in the movie.
While Kermit Elementary Principal Roxanne Greer did not offer a comment on the situation, as “all student stuff is confidential,” Steward did add that Greer had told him the school takes any threats to a child’s safety seriously. That includes threats of a magical variety, writes Scott Kaufman for Raw Story.
Steward requested a written explanation of the events and how his son’s actions created a “terroristic threat.” He was told by a representative to the school that he would be receiving the letter in the mail.
The Stewards are new to the district, having moved to the area only six months ago. In that time, Aiden has been suspended from school three times, reports Jessica Chasmar for The Washington Times.
He has faced in-house suspension after calling another child “black,” as well as for bringing his favorite book, “The Big Book of Knowledge,” to school which features a chapter on pregnancy and has an illustration of a pregnant woman in it.
“He loves that book. They were studying the solar system, and he took it to school. He thought his teacher would be impressed,” Mr. Steward told the paper.