A magic Hobbit ring suspension is causing outrage on social media. The story of Aiden Steward, a nine-year-old boy from an elementary school in Texas went viral over the weekend, and people have expressed their disbelief and outrage over the boy’s suspension on the internet.
According to the Washington Post, Aiden Steward, a student at Kermit Elementary School in Texas, brought a replica of the ring seen in the Hobbit movies to school last week, and he “threatened” another student with it. He told the other little boy he could make him disappear with the ring. Aiden had just been to see The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies with his family, and he was acting out a scene from the film.
School officials did not see the boy’s action as an act of play. The principal of the school saw the boy’s action as a “terrorist act.” Therefore, the principal suspended the little boy.
This action by Kermit Elementary School shocked the boy’s father. According to NewsMax, Jason Steward has spoken out about the suspension of his son. He is calling the suspension “unbelievable.”
“Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly. 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.”
Steward has asked for written notice of his boy’s suspension, but the school told him to wait for an email about the action. Principal Roxanne Greer and Superintendent Bill Boyd did not respond to requests for comment on the suspension by the media. Greer did say that all matters involving students are confidential.
This is not the first Aiden Steward has been in trouble for bringing something to school that violated school policy. Aiden brought The Big Book of Knowledge to the school. That caused his suspension from the school because the book contains a section on pregnancy and shows a pregnant woman. The book is considered inappropriate, and it is not to be brought on campus, according to school policy.
This boy’s suspension is causing a lot of talk on social media. Many people went to their Twitter accounts to express their opinions over the boy’s suspension, and many of those posting support the little boy. The school is not receiving much support for their claim of “terrorism” against nine-year-old Aiden Steward.
“Texas 4th grader suspended for pretending to have magic ring from ‘The Hobbit’ and bringing it to school” What a chill lil kid
— Sa†an (@Music_Or_De4th) February 3, 2015
Kid armed with a reference to magic ring is deemed more dangerous than gun carrying adults in school campus? http://t.co/4baQbi367m
— shivraj asthana (@ashivraj) February 3, 2015
— Santi Pokar (@spokar) February 3, 2015
— Kaatje Kabelkrant (@kaatje36) February 3, 2015
OK..this school is STUPID LOL –> elementary school in Texas doesn’t take kindly 2 fantasy threats from 9-year-old – http://t.co/WtZO1PGXF0
— Christian Clark (@christianbclark) February 3, 2015
This is not the first school suspension of this kind that has made news in the past year. A previous report by the Inquisitr shared the story of Nickolas Taylor. He was suspended from his school in Massachusetts back in September for pointing an imaginary finger gun at another student.
Brian Taylor, the boy’s father, used a similar defense for his son that Jason Steward did in this Hobbit ring suspension.
“I think this is very slanderous toward Nickolas and his character. It was non-threatening. He’s just a typical boy with an imagination.”
The 10-year-old boy in this case was suspended for two days from school.
What do you think? Should Aiden Steward have been suspended over the magic Hobbit ring?
[Photo: New York Daily News]