A 9-year-old boy in Texas was suspended after he told a classmate he could make him “disappear” with a magic ring from the fictional Lord of the Rings films.
Aiden Steward of Kermit, Texas, had just watched a film from the Hobbit series of movies with his family, returned to school excited and imaginative. He playfully made the comment to his classmate while pretending to wield the powers of the magic ring. Aiden was subsequently suspended for making a “terroristic threat” toward the student.
“It sounded unbelievable,” Aiden’s father, Jason Steward, said. Steward said his son assured him that he “didn’t mean anything by it.”
“Kids act out movies that they see,” Steward said. “When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly.”
The Steward family, who moved to Kermit only six months ago, has already seen a fair amount of trouble with the school district. Aiden was suspended twice before the ring incident — once for referring to a fellow student as “black” and a second time for bringing his favorite book, "The Big Book of Knowledge," with him to school.
“He loves that book. They were studying the solar system and he took it to school. He thought his teacher would be impressed,” Steward said.
The school’s principal, Roxanne Greer, declined to comment on the incident. Greer said that all student-related matters are “confidential.”
Jason Steward reportedly requested something in writing from the school confirming his son’s suspension and explaining why they suspended him. He was later told that they would put a letter in the mail.
“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” Steward wrote in an email. “If he did, I'm sure he'd bring him right back."