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Texas boy suspended after bringing 'ring of power' to school

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2/3/2015 NICOLE HENSLEY

Martin Freeman, avoiding much of the battle as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." © Warner Bros. Pictures Martin Freeman, avoiding much of the battle as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Tolkien lore led a Texas boy to suspension after bringing his “one ring” to school.

Kermit Elementary School officials called it a threat when the 9-year-old boy, Aiden, 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 assures 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 that he had in his possession, the one ring to rule them all.

“Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly,” Steward said.

Aiden claimed Thursday he could put a ring over his head and make him invisible like Bilbo Baggins, who stole Gollum’s precious in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series “Lord of the Rings.”

“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” he later wrote in an email. "If he did, I'm sure he'd bring him right back."

Principal Roxanne Greer declined to comment on the fourth grader’s suspension citing confidentiality policies, according to the Odessa American, who first reported Aiden’s troubles Friday.

The family moved within the Kermit Independent School District only six months ago, but it’s been nothing but headaches for Aiden. He’s already been suspended three times.

Two of the disciplinary actions this year were in-school suspensions for referring to a classmate as black and bringing his favorite book to school: the Big Book of Knowledge.

“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.

But the teacher learned the popular children’s encyclopedia had a section on pregnancy, depicting a pregnant woman in an illustration, he explained.


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