Monday, 2 February 2015

"Threats to another child’s safety would not be tolerated – whether magical or not"

The headline of the original piece (from where the quotation in my title comes) is "Parent: Fourth-grader suspended after using magic from 'The Hobbit'", but that's a bit of an exaggeration - the boy did not in fact use magic, he just said that he had brought in the one true ring and could use it to make another boy disappear.

Some more details can be found here: "“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 boy is obviously a troublemaker even without using magic:

"Two of the disciplinary actions this year were in-school suspensions 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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