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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