First-grader pretends to shoot other student with imaginary bow, suspended for 3 days

Nov 3, 2015 2:08 PM by Source: WLWT NBC Cincinnati

A first-grade student at Our Lady of Lourdes in Cincinnati is serving a three-day suspension for pretending to shoot another student at recess with an imaginary bow and arrow.

The parents say they don't understand why their son is being punished.

According to the boy’s parents, Matthew and Martha Miele, their six-year-old son was playing Power Rangers at recess last Thursday when he pretended to shoot another student with a pretend bow and arrow.

On Friday, Principal Joe Crachiolo sent a letter home to the Miele’s stating: "I have no tolerance for any real, pretend or imitated violence. The punishment is an out of school suspension."

The Mieles say they spoke with Crachiolo in person on Friday but he would not change his decision.

"I would imagine a three day suspension would be an act of physical violence towards another person, a threat of real physical violence towards another person, not imagined,” said Matthew Miele questioning the length of the suspension, calling it “unreasonable.”

"I can't stop him from having an imagination,” Martha Miele said. “I'm not going to stop him from having an imagination, children are supposed to pretend."

The suspension is up on Wednesday.


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