Texas boy suspended for 'Hobbit' ring threat

Aiden Steward told a classmate that he could make him invisible with the magical ring from J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" series.

Kate Stanton

KERMIT, Texas, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A Texan boy's fascination with The Hobbit has gotten him in trouble with school officials.

Jason Steward, of Kermit, Texas, said it's "unbelievable" that his 9-year-old son was suspended from school for threatening to make another student disappear.


Steward's son, Aiden, recently brought a ring to Kermit Elementary School after seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, in which Bilbo Baggins carries a magic invisibility ring.

Jason told the Odessa American that the school suspended Aiden when he said he could make a classmate invisible with the ring.

"I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend's existence," Jason told the school in an email. "If he did, I'm sure he'd bring him right back."

Kermit Elementary School Principal Roxanne Greer said she could not discuss the incident because student affairs are "confidential."

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