Gandalf the Grey once warned Bilbo Baggins that use of magic rings is dangerous. That is a lesson that one fourth-grade boy in Texas is learning after he received a suspension from his elementary school for allegedly threatening another student with “The One Ring,” the magical object made famous in the The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien, which have been made into two film trilogies by Peter Jackson. Apparently, the boy recently saw Jackson’s The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and his imagination was kicked into overdrive.
The 9-year-old boy’s father, Jason Steward, took his son’s story to the local paper and its since gone viral. Apparently, the school boy told a classmate after bringing a ring to school that it was indeed “The Ring of Power” — like the One Ring to rule them all that Bilbo uses in the movies — and that he could use it to make the classmate disappear.
In the Tolkien universe, the magical ring makes the wearer invisible, hence why the boy would use the term “disappear,” but it seems as those the school officials took it as though he meant to obliterate his young friend, as they deemed his actions to be a “terroristic threat” and suspended the boy. The principal and staff told the father that threats to another child’s safety would not be tolerated – whether magical or not.
“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the father told the New York Daily News in a follow-up interview, elaborating that “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”
No word whether the little boy thought the Ring was his Precious or if he had plans to start a Fellowship to bring the Ring to Mordor to cast it into the fires of Mount Doom. But one thing’s for sure, for those keeping track, The One Ring is currently in Texas, apparently trying to make its way back to its master Sauron…causing trouble along the way.