A 4th grader with a vivid imagination was suspended for making Tolkienistic threats, (or what the principal is calling ‘terroristic’ threats). The wussification of America has gone too far when the school administration over-reacts to the point that play and imagination gets a child suspended.
As the Odessa American reported, Aiden Steward allegedly claimed he had special powers. For he had the One Ring. Yes, he could make other children invisible. (And, yes, he’d just watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.”)
I’m sure there might be one or two teachers at Kermit Elementary School in Kermit, Texas, who wouldn’t have minded if some unruly students would disappear for a day or two.
However, it was Aiden who was disappeared by the school. He was suspended. Indeed, the Odessa-American reported that the school viewed the placing of a ring on another child’s head and promising to make them disappear as “a terroristic threat.”
Aiden’s dad, Jason, told the New York Daily News: “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.”
Gandalf himself even got involved: