Hobbit threat gets boy suspended from school
A Texan boy has been suspended from school for the third time - on this occasion, for threatening to make a classmate disappear with sorcery from Middle Earth.
Aiden Steward, 9, had watched The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies with his family just days earlier.
He then went to school and while playing, told a classmate he could make him disappear with a ring forged in Middle Earth's Mount Doom.
The fictional Mount Doom appears in J R R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings fantasy series.
In Peter Jackson's films, Mount Doom was portrayed by Mount Ngauruhoe on the North Island's central plateau.
Central to The Lord of the Rings plot is "one ring to rule them all" - and last week Aiden told his friend he could make him invisible with a ring, like a character in the movie.
Aiden was then suspended from Kermit Independent School for making a "threat" against his classmate.
Aiden's father Jason told the New York Daily News that "my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend's existence."
"If he did, I'm sure he'd bring him right back."
The school's principal Roxanne Greer declined to comment to media, citing confidentiality policies.
Aiden had earlier been suspended from the school for referring to a classmate as "black", and bringing The Big Book of Knowledge to school.
His teacher was seemingly not impressed to find the popular children's encyclopedia had a section on pregnancy, and depicted a pregnant woman in one of the pictures.