Student suspended for threatening to make classmate disappear

Student Suspended for Threatening to Make Classmate Disappear
Student Suspended for Threatening to Make Classmate Disappear

A 9-year-old boy was suspended from Kermit Elementary School in Texas Jan. 30, after he threatened to make a fellow student disappear with the help of his ring from "The Lord of the Rings."

Aiden Steward's parents told New York Daily News their son had watched "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" before the incident at school.

"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," Aiden's father, Jason Steward, told the outlet.

The school didn't see it that way, though. The Washington Times reported that the school suspended Aiden for making what it called a "terroristic threat."

Most recently, an Alabama teenager was charged with making a terrorist threat against a school on the social media site Yik Yak -- and authorities in Texas recently charged a man with making a terroristic threat after they say he walked into a local Wal-Mart with what looked like a 45-caliber handgun.

Regarding the most recent incident with the 9-year-old boy, "The school claims that all threats -- even magical ones -- are taken seriously," a Fox News anchor reported.

The Odessa American reached out to the school for further comment, but the principal said, "All student stuff is confidential."

The school did not provide details on how long Aiden is suspended for.

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