A student from Kermit Elementary school (in Texas) discovered last Friday what we Tolkien nerds have long known: the One Ring to Rule them All is no laughing matter. Unfortunately, nine-year-old Aiden Steward learned it in rather an absurd fashion, after he was suspended for making a “terroristic threat” to make a classmate disappear with his magic ring.
Steward’s father, Jason, notes that the family had recently watched the final movie from Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of Five Armies and expressed surprise that the school would react so harshly to a threat of this nature.
[Jason Steward] said the principal said threats to another child’s safety would not be tolerated — whether magical or not. Principal Roxanne Greer declined to comment on the matter.
Presumably, Principal Greer is an avid Tolkien fan, who took into consideration that the One Ring is really the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. As Gandalf the Gray himself once noted, “The ring is altogether evil.” Obviously, invoking such a terrifying magical (did I mention, fantasy?) weapon necessitated suspension!
One expects, of course, that there will be at least an equally harsh reaction awaiting any student at Kermit Elementary who comes to school with a religious token and threatens an unbelieving classmate with, say, hell? If a supernatural, magic-ring-induced disappearance is grounds for suspension, I’m sure the threat of eternal torture will warrant proportional outrage. Right?
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