Texas Boy Suspended for Threatening Classmate with Lord of the Rings Ring
Aiden Steward, 9, said he could make his friend disappear and placed a ring on his head
One ring to rule them all – and maybe get them suspended.
Aiden Steward, 9, is from Kermit, Texas, and he’s a big Lord of the Rings fan. Such a fan, in fact, that he brought a replica of the franchise’s one ring to school with him last Thursday after watching the most recent installment of The Hobbit, The Battle of Five Armies.
Steward put the ring on his friend’s head and said he could make him “disappear.” That was apparently enough for the school to suspend him.
Steward was sent home for threatening his friend.
“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the boy’s father, Jason Steward, wrote in an email to the school. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”
“Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly,” Steward told New York’s Daily News.
This is the third suspension for Steward in six months. His previous two were for referring to a classmate as black and for bringing to school a copy of his favorite book, The Big Book of Knowledge – which contained a drawing of a pregnant woman that a teacher found objectionable.