Culture: Boy Suspended For ‘Threatening’ To Make Classmate Disappear With Magic Ring

In Texas a fourth grade student in the Kermit Independent School District, Aiden Steward, was suspended on Friday when school officials called it a “threat” when he ” told a classmate he could make him disappear with a ring forged in fictional Middle Earth’s Mount Doom.” Wow personally I cant see how anyone could take that as an actual threat. The boys father said to the Daily News that they had just watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” the prior weekend and his son was just playing a game:

“It sounded unbelievable….didn’t mean anything by it…Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly”

In an email he wrote:

“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence…..If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”

The Principal, Roxanne Greer, declined to comment other then:

“All student stuff is confidential.”

Strange as all that is this is the third time in the 6 months at being in that school district that the child had been suspended. He also had 2 in-school suspensions, one for referring to a classmate as “black” and another for bringing his favorite book to school: “The Big Book of Knowledge.” His father said:

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“He loves that book. They were studying the solar system and he took it to school. He thought his teacher would be impressed”

Apparently the teacher was upset because the book has a section on “pregnancy, depicting a pregnant woman in an illustration”


NYDN | OA via io9

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