One ring to rule them all

The Lord of the Rings

H/t Ron. This is really just plain crazy, right?

A fourth grader in Kermit, Texas was suspended for making “terroristic threats” after allegedly telling a classmate that he had a “magic ring” that could make the boy disappear, the Odessa American reports.

According to Kermit Elementary School officials, 9-year-old Aiden Steward told a classmate that he possessed a magic ring forged in Mount Doom — a fictional location from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series.

Aiden’s father, Jason, told The Daily News that his family had just watched The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies earlier that week, and that his son “didn’t mean anything” when he told his classmate he was in possession of 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.”

Kermit Elementary Principal Roxanne Greer told the Odessa American that she could not comment on the suspension, because “all student stuff is confidential,” but Steward said that she told him that any and all threats to a child’s safety — including magical ones — would be taken seriously by the school.

5 thoughts on “One ring to rule them all

  1. Proving once again that the actions of some people are motivated by the movies they watch. Which is why nobody under the age of 21 should be allowed to see American Sniper (X Rating).
    Poor old Principle Greer doesn’t have the common sense that God gave a flee. Obviously Roxanne takes her responsibilities much too seriously. She’s probably not the right person for the job.
    Let’s hope that Greer is a Republican and NOT a member of the NEA.

  2. Reading on you’ll note that the kid had been kicked out twice before just since August. Once for referring to a black kid as black and the other for bringing to school an “inappropriate” children’s encyclopedia because it had an illustration of a pregnant woman undergoing an ultrasound. It seems that, for a “school,” Kermit Elementary has particular difficulty with civics and biology as well as creative thought.

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