Tolkien lore led a Texas boy to suspension after he brought his “one ring” to school.Sometimes you have to wonder what school officials are thinking.
Kermit Elementary School officials called it a threat when the 9-year-old boy, Aiden Steward, in a playful act of make-believe, told a classmate he could make him disappear with a ring forged in fictional Middle Earth’s Mount Doom. “It sounded unbelievable,” the boy’s father, Jason Steward, told the Daily News. He insists his son “didn’t mean anything by it.”
The Stewards had just watched The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies days earlier, inspiring Aiden’s imagination and leading him to proclaim that he had in his possession the one ring to rule them all. . . .
“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.”
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The Power of the Ring
In Texas, zero tolerance for Sauron fantasies: