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

Fresh from viewing the third installment of the Hobbit trilogy, a boy in Texas brought a ring toy to school to pretend he lived in Middle Earth. When he told a classmate that the ring would make him disappear — as indeed the ring would if we lived in Middle Earth, which is a pretty big if — he was suspended.

School administrators deemed the fourth grader's comment a "terroristic threat" despite the fact that magic is not actually real. " I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend's existence," said his father. "If he did, I'm sure he'd bring him right back."