A 9-year-old boy was suspended from his elementary school in Kermit, Texas for allegedly making a “terroristic threat” against another student. It turns out the fourth-grader’s threats were to turn a classmate invisible—using the fictional “one ring” from The Lord of the Rings.
The Odessa American reported that the boy, Aiden Steward, and his family had gone to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies the weekend prior to the incident, and that the boy had been basing his make-believe playtime around the fantasy movies.
Aiden brought a ring to class, and told his friend the magic ring could make the boy disappear.
Roxanne Greer, principal of Kermit Elementary School, felt that the incident constituted a threat to another child’s safety. The boy’s father, Jason Steward, said Greer told him that she has a zero-tolerance to all threats, whether magical or otherwise.
Steward maintains that his son was innocently playing when he made the “threats,” and that Aiden didn’t mean anything by it.
Steward said in an email to the New York Daily News:
“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.”