- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

An Ohio first-grader is serving a three-day suspension after he pretended to shoot an imaginary bow and arrow during recess.

The boy’s mother, Martha Miele, said she was at work Thursday afternoon when she received a phone call from Joe Crachiolo, the principal of Our Lady of Lourdes in Cincinnati, where her son attends, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

She said Mr. Crachiolo proceeded to tell her that he was suspending her son for making a bow and arrow gesture during playtime.

“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,” Ms. Miele said. “My question to him was ‘Is this really necessary? Does this really need to be a three-day suspension under the circumstances that he was playing and he’s 6 years old?’”

The family met with the principal Friday morning asking him to reconsider, NBC reported.

“He told me that he was going to stand firm and that he was not going to change it,” Ms. Miele said.

On Friday, Mr. Crachiolo sent a letter home to parents explaining the situation.

“I have no tolerance for any real, pretend, or imitated violence. The punishment is an out of school suspension,” the letter read, in part, NBC reported.

The boy is not permitted to return to school until Wednesday.

“I can’t stop him from pretending to be a super hero. I can’t stop him from playing Ninja Turtles. I can’t stop him from doing these things and I don’t think it would be healthy to do so,” Ms. Miele said.

“His imagination can go limitless places. We try to encourage that as parents,” the boy’s father, Matthew Miele, added.

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