One ring to rule them all. That line may sound familiar to those that are fans of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, but some people may not always get it. That appears to be the case in Texas, as a young boy was suspended from his fourth grade class because he brought his “one ring” to school.
Nine-year-old Aiden Steward was said to have issued a threat, according to officials at Kermit Elementary School, per the NY Daily News. The young boy was just playing around with a classmate when he told his friend that he could make him disappear.
At the time, Aiden was holding his “one ring” from the fictional Mount Doom from Middle Earth, and simply playing around. Jason Steward, Aiden’s father, figured everyone would know that.
“It sounded unbelievable,” the boy’s father told the Daily News. He insists his son “didn’t mean anything by it.”
The Steward family had just recently watched The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies a couple of days before Aiden brought the ring to school. All he was doing was acting out a scene he had viewed in the movie.
“Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly,” Steward said.
Gaga Daily reported that Aiden took the “one ring” and placed it on the head of his friend. He then said he could make him turn invisible like Bilbo Baggins did in the film.
“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the boy’s father later wrote in an email. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”
Due to confidentiality reasons, Roxanne Greer, principal of the Kermit Elementary School, would not comment on the young boy’s suspension. She was the first person to report Aiden’s troubles this past Friday.
Aiden Steward appears to have some issues in the school and it’s been going on since his family moved to that district six months ago. Since then, he’s been suspended three times — one for calling a classmate “black,” and the other was for bringing his favorite book, “The Big Book of Knowledge,” 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.
Due to the encyclopedia-type book having a section on pregnancy, including an image of a pregnant woman, the book wasn’t allowed in the school.
The young fourth grader from Texas was simply playing and acting out scenes from a film he liked when he placed “one ring” on his friend’s head and told him he could make him invisible. Obviously, the school didn’t find it so funny and responded to his “magic” with a suspension.
[Images via Wallpaper Vortex / Jason Steward]