This story has been circulating for a few days. I held off because I was waiting for more details. None seem to be forthcoming. People are reacting to it but we really do not know both sides of the story.
Tolkien lore led a Texas boy to suspension after he brought his “one ring” to school.
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 father insists that the boy was just being imaginative after seeing the latest Hobbit movie in the theaters – a reasonable explanation. But questions remain about what really happened since we only have the father’s story. The school will not comment, citing student confidentiality.
Schools’ zero tolerance policies seem to go to extremes in some cases with rumors of kids just expressing themselves in art work as grounds for discipline. That’s not right but we almost always just hear the defending side’s story. But there is a clue in this article that is concerning:
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.
Something is up. The school does not seem to be the right fit for this boy. Why? We can’t be sure but three suspensions at least means that the school culture is a clash for this kid. Is the boy causing real trouble, is he stressed by this new environment and acting out, or is the school too restrictive? We really can’t tell.
If anyone has more insight on this story, I’m curious to hear it.
If you are not familiar with the Tolkien tale, I’d recommend The Hobbit. The book.