Boy suspended at school for acting out The Lord of the Rings

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As nerds here at Nerd Reactor, we love to quote films like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. With that said, we would hate to be a student at Kermit Elementary School in Texas.

Aiden Steward, a 9-year-old boy at the Texas school, was suspended for “threatening” another child with the “One Ring” he brought to school. The kid was playing make-believe and said that if his classmate wore the ring, the classmate would disappear. The officials at the school said it was a threat.

“It sounded unbelievable,” Jason Steward, the boy’s father, told the Daily News. The son “didn’t mean anything by it,” he said.

The recent movie to inspire little Aiden was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Both father and son watched the movie days earlier, and it helped inspire the kid to pretend he had the one ring.

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

Aiden said Thursday that he could make his friend invisible by putting the ring on his head.

“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the boy’s father said via an email. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”

Aiden has been at the Kermit Independent School District for just six months, and already he has been suspended three times. One included calling a kid black and the other 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.

The children’s book had a section on pregnancy, which had an illustration of a pregnant woman.

Poor Aiden. We should all contact Roxanne Greer, the principal at Kermit Elementary School, that we support children using their imagination in a positive fashion. The school’s number is (432) 586-1020.

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