Mood: don't ask
Topic: "War on Tara"
Frodo believes that sometimes things just get out of the realm of the rational. This past week, in Vonore, Tennessee, the alert was elevated to red.
Two male fourth-graders at Vonore Elementary School were suspended after School Resources Officer (Now, before we go on, do you have any idea what a "School Resources Officer" might be expected to do? Neither does Frodo.) Dean Norton discovered their "death list." Norton said he was taking the threat seriously and has formally charged the two students with commission of an "act of terrorism."
The list seized from the two students consisted of 56 names. Some of the names were of fellow students, some of their teachers, celebrities from the worlds of sports and music, fictional characters, "every single cop in the world," and "all cats."
Frodo questioned the validity of the count since he is nearly sure that there are more than 56 cats in the universe.
Director of Schools Mitch Millsaps subsequently stated that the list "was not a zero tolerance offense."
Frodo agrees that the production of a "death list" is probably not a good idea, but he recalls that at a comparable time in his life there were also a number of individuals for whom he had little use. Some of them would have been teachers, and some of them would have been fellow Hobbits at the Elementary School of the Shire. Frodo's list would certainly have included the neighbor's cat, Sassafras, a Siamese, who was solely responsible for an unfettered increase in the number of unwanted kittens in the Shire.
If Frodo were in authority at Vonore Elementary School, he would suggest to the young students that they familiarize themselves with the Old Testament Book of Job, and that, in the future, when they create lists of individuals, fictional or otherwise, that the pustules would be a much more fitting punishment than simple death.