A six-year-old Cincinnati, Ohio student received a three-day suspension from school after he pretended to shoot another student with a bow and arrow while playing a game of Power Rangers at recess.
The parents of the unidentified first-grader, Matthew and Martha Miele, said they don’t agree with the suspension Our Lady of Lourdes School’s principal, Joe Crachiolo, gave their son. They also said their six-year-old is just a kid and was playing an innocent game.
“I’m not going to stop [my son] from having an imagination. Children are supposed to pretend,” Martha Miele told WLWT News.
The Mieles said they tried to speak to Crachiolo about the length of the suspension, but he would not reconsider the punishment.
“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,” Matthew Miele told WLWT.
Crachiolo sent a letter home to parents about the incident involving the six-year-old, saying in part:
“I have no tolerance for any real, pretend, or imitated violence. The punishment is an out of school suspension.”
The boy’s suspension began on Oct. 30 and he is expected to be able to return to school on Wednesday.