A Catholic elementary school principal in Cincinnati suspended a 6-year-old boy for three days late last week because he used a pretend bow and arrow on the playground at recess.
The imaginative first grader attends Our Lady of Lourdes School, reports local NBC affiliate WLWT-TV.
The recess incident that led to the suspension occurred on Thursday. The unidentified boy drew back a bow he had invented purely in his mind. He took aim with this nothingness at a friend. He then released a completely nonexistent arrow from some make-believe quiver.
All of these actions made sense in 6-year-old-boy world because the boy and his friends were pretending to be Power Rangers at the time.
Our Lady of Lourdes School principal Joe Crachiolo responded to the boy’s act of imaginary play by promptly suspending him.
“I have no tolerance for any real, pretend, or imitated violence,” Crachiolo declared in a letter he sent home to the boy’s parents. “The punishment is an out of school suspension.”
The parents, Matthew and Martha Miele, are unhappy with their son’s three-day suspension.
Martha Miele said she tried unsuccessfully to reason with Crachiolo.
“I didn’t really understand. I had him on the phone for a good amount of time so he could really explain to me what he was trying to tell me,” she told WLWT. “My question to him was ‘Is this really necessary? Does this really need to be a 3-day suspension under the circumstances that he was playing and he’s 6 years old?'”
Crachiolo courageously refused to reconsider his decision to suspend a little boy for playing with a totally make-believe bow and arrow.
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