A school district has suspended a 9-year old for making ‘terroristic threats’. What kind of terrorist threat could an elementary school student make that would make school authorities take it seriously and issue such a punishment? I am glad you asked.
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.
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.
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.”
The idea of terrorists getting hold of nuclear weapons is enough to frighten a lot of people. How much more dangerous it is if they could actually harness magic. They should throw the book at this child to deter other potential troublemakers. And come to think of it, why is Ian McKellen allowed to still walk around freely?