The town of Kermit is in far west Texas near the New Mexico border. Maybe, though I doubt it, that explains why school administrators there can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
Nine-year-old Aiden Steward has been suspended from school there for threatening a classmate with disappearance. Aiden had just seen the latest hobbit movie and claimed he had the central ring of power, with which he would perform the feat, Kermit school officials apparently found that a credible threat.
As Ilya Somin of the Volokh Conspiracy notes, Aiden’s father offered a more than sufficient defense:
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.
The school officials were unmoved. And they wonder why so many people want vouchers to get their kids out of public schools.
Lord have mercy on us all.