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School calls 9-year-old's Lord of the Rings play a 'terroristic threat'

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A 9-year-old boy was suspended from his Texas school for telling a classmate that he could make him disappear with his Tolkien invisibility ring.

“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the boy's father later wrote in an email. "If he did, I'm sure he'd bring him right back."

School principal Roxanne Greer will not discuss the matter with the media.

The boy was suspended two other times this year:

...for referring to a classmate as black and bringing his favorite book to school: The Big Book of Knowledge.

“He loves that book. They were studying the solar system and he took it to school. He thought his teacher would be impressed,” Steward said.

But the teacher learned the popular children’s encyclopedia had a section on pregnancy, depicting a pregnant woman in an illustration, he explained.

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Student suspended for taking razor from kid who was cutting

"The Bayside Middle School student, Adrionna Harris, said she took a razor blade away from another student because he was using it to cut himself. She threw the blade away and told school officials. Then she was suspended for 10 days, with a recommendation for expulsion." - Hit & Run

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School demands that boy must change his name from Hunter because it violates its weapons policy


In the interest of safety, a preschool is insisting that a deaf boy named Hunter change his name at school so people don't accidentally shoot and kill someone with their finger when they use sign language to say his name.

Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it.

"He's deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy," explained Hunter's father, Brian Spanjer.

Grand Island's "Weapons in Schools" Board Policy 8470 forbids "any instrument...that looks like a weapon," But a three year-old's hands?

Better safe than sorry!

Grand Island Preschooler Asked to Change the Sign for His Name in School (Via The Agitator)