February 4, 2015
A Texas boy has been suspended from school for threatening the use of a magic ring against a classmate.
His threats were inspired by Lord of the Rings.
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.
“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 on his friend’s head and make him invisible like Bilbo Baggins, who stole Gollum’s “precious” in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series “The Lord of the Rings.”
“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.”
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 to 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 this school year.
One of those times was for calling another student “Black,” apparently. It looks like the boy is being railroaded for being a clever blue-eyed blonde kid. On top of that, the affirmative action hires in charge may actually have feared he would invoke magic against them. It is a fact not well known amongst Whites that virtually all non-White people believe in all different types of magic, and will regularly make decisions based on these beliefs.
As we continue to hand over our infrastructure, government and other systems to non-Whites, more and more public policy is going to be based on fear of magic powers.