First Grader Suspended for Pretend Bow and Arrow
Cincinnati, Ohio – A first grader was suspended for three days from a Cincinnati Elementary School for a pretend bow and arrow. His parents, Matthew and Martha Meile, are unhappy, the child is crushed, and the school is promoting stupidity.
“I don’t see anything wrong with the way he was playing. The punishment is so severe in this it’s hard as a parent to try to make this a teachable moment for our kid so we can move forward in a healthy manner.” Matthew Meile, father of the boy
The teacher saw the little boy pretending to be a Power Ranger and dragged him off to the Principal’s office.
“I have no tolerance for any real, pretend, or imitated violence. The punishment is an out of school suspension.” Principal Joe Crachiolo at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
He has “zero tolerance” for playing either.
Error in judgment on the principal’s part?
The suspension was effective immediately for Friday, Monday and Tuesday. But the Mieles claim they have yet to receive a written notice of the suspension which is required by the archdiocese.
Page 18, Section 407.02 of the Educational Policy Manual For School Administrators states:
In cases where a student is suspended, these procedures must be followed:
a) Written notification is to be sent to the parents and student indicating the reason for suspension. The notification should also include the length of
time of the suspension.
b) A conference must be held between the school representatives and the family before or during the suspension.
c) When a student’s behavior constitutes a threat, physically endangers herself/himself or others, or causes serious disruption to instruction, she/he may be removed immediately, with due process requirements to be fulfilled as soon as practical.
How is pretending to be a Power Ranger endangering others? What happened to truth here? If the boy had been malicious in his intent, the teacher would have known it. Instead, the school has now created a difficult situation for the parents to unravel.
Zero Tolerance policies
The policies of our cowardly school systems across America are creating children who are afraid to have an imagination. They are not allowed to “pretend” at anything. From a pop tart in the shape of a gun to pretend bows and arrows, children who try to play on school property are prevented from any kind of play that school administrators feel is ‘scary.’
“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…His imagination can go limitless places. We try to encourage that as parents.” Martha Meile
The reality is that even a Catholic school has fallen into the trap of Marxists whose desire is to destroy the imaginations of children everywhere. The parents are staying at the school for now, but are considering moving their child to another one in the future.