A 9-year-old boy was on Friday suspended by his elementary school in Kermit, Texas for boasting magical tactics to his classmate and then disappeared himself from school.
Fourth grader Aiden Steward on Thursday boasted to a classmate that he could vanish him, but disappeared himself from the school premises.
The school authorities suspended him after he made the alleged “terroristic threat,” as described by the Odessa American, of boasting to another student that he would render him go invisible by using his fictional “one ring”, inspired by the infamous JRR Tolkien’s fantasy series The Lord of the Rings.
“It sounded unbelievable. My son didn’t mean anything by it,” Aiden’s dad Jason Steward reportedly said.
Jason clarified that Aiden and his whole family had went to watch the fictional movie “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” last weekend. Aiden’s father explained that his son innocently believed over the fictional characters.
Defending his son’s actions, Jason said, “Kids act out movies that they see. When I watched Superman as a kid, I went outside and tried to fly.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.”
Principal Roxanne Greer didn’t find the student’s suspension as disciplinary action wrong.
According to the father, Greer told him that the threats to the safety of another child would not be tolerated.
Under the state education guidelines, the act of harassment is defined as, “Threatening to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, engaging in sexually intimidating conduct, causing physical damage to the property of another student, subjecting another student to physical confinement or restraint, or maliciously taking any action that substantially harms another student’s physical or emotional health or safety.”
The student code of conduct under Texas Education Code includes suspension as a means of “preventing and intervening in student discipline problems, including bullying, harassment, and making hit lists.”