School Enforces Zero-Tolerance Policy for Hobbit Magic

Nine-year-old casting a Tolkien spell on a student counts as “a terroristic threat” and triggers elementary school’s zero-tolerance policy.

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We’ve seen students suspended for having the wrong hobby in their own homes, or for gnawing a pop tart the wrong shape. Now we find it also applies to magic.

From Odessa American news we get this report: “Parent: Fourth-grader suspended after using magic from ‘The Hobbit’

A Kermit parent said his fourth-grade student was suspended Friday for allegedly making a terroristic threat.

His father, Jason Steward, said the family had been to see “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” last weekend. His son brought a ring to his class at Kermit Elementary School and told another boy his magic ring could make the boy disappear.

Steward said the principal said threats to another child’s safety would not be tolerated – whether magical or not. Principal Roxanne Greer declined to comment on the matter.

“All student stuff is confidential,” Greer said. She referred a call from the Odessa American to Kermit ISD Superintendent Bill Boyd, who did not return a phone call.

Steward said he didn’t understand why his son was removed from school and why the district didn’t just send a letter home.

Schools have incredible latitude. If the child were acting up, they could have penalized him and move on with the school day. So even if the child needed to be disciplined, formally accusing him of making terroristic threats, and putting that on his record, is libel rather than responsible student supervision.

Once again, we find our schools are run by imbeciles who think like cowards, especially when it comes to little boys. My children were often homeschooled and thus were free to threaten one another with Harry Potter wands. That’s what nine-year-olds are supposed to be doing.

Apparently, this little terrorist has a record with the school. One incident involved him bringing a child’s book about pregnancy to the classroom—which raises the question of exactly what relationship this school could possibly have to education. A possibly more serious incident was when he referred to a student’s skin color. If he made a genuinely offensive remark I hope he learned about respect. But, given what we know about this school, I have no idea if he said something racist or if he just observed a student’s skin color and got in trouble for thoughtcrime.

In any case, a school that punishes magic spells and pregnancy books will have no credibility even when they do teach the truth on important topics. The teachers and administrators have destroyed their reputation with their little prisoners.