An elementary school student was suspended from school last week for making a ‘terroristic threat’ against another student — he told the student that he had a magic ring that would make the boy disappear.
Kermit Elementary School suspended 9-year-old Aiden Steward after he allegedly threatened to make a classmate disappear by placing a ring on top of his head. The weekend prior to the incident, Steward’s family watched the third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, in which Bilbo Baggins wears a ring to become invisible. Although the school’s principal declined to comment on the terms of the suspension, this is the third time Steward has been suspended in a six-month period. The fourth grader was previously penalized for bringing an encyclopedia that had information about pregnancy to school. He was also disciplined for calling one of his peers black.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, schools in Texas also bans numerous books about magical creatures, including wizards, witches, and vampires. But censorship of magic is not limited to the Lone Star state. After posting a photo of his daughter wearing a Game of Thrones shirt, a professor in New Jersey was suspended without pay until a psychiatrist deemed it appropriate for him to resume his teaching duties. The college later agreed to remove this suspension from the professor’s record.