Source- A first-grader at Our Lady of Lourdes is serving a three-day suspension for pretending to shoot another student with a bow and arrow.
The boy's parents, Matthew and Martha Miele, told WLWT their son was playing a game of Power Rangers at recess on Thursday when it happened.
"I think he's a good principal. I just think a bad decision was made," Matthew Miele said.
"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," Martha 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?'"
"He told me that he was going to stand firm and that he was not going to change it," Martha Miele said.
On Friday, Crachiolo sent a letter home to parents stating in part, "I have no tolerance for any real, pretend, or imitated violence. The punishment is an out of school suspension."
"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," Martha Miele said.
"His imagination can go limitless places. We try to encourage that as parents," Matthew Miele said.
You know what really sucks? The fact that kids can't be kids anymore because some adults have forgotten what being a kid entails. The fact that we, as a society, are so concerned about upsetting people that we neuter our children's personalities in hopes of not offending others. The youth of America is mainly pussified because of a generation of parents that has been force feeding it estrogen pills. How do you even tell the difference between a cool kid and lame kid anymore? Make no mistake, if you weren't pretend violent in first grade than you were a LOSER. So now being anything other than a loser is punishable by suspension? It's a requirement to be unexcitable, mellow, and uncharismatic? Jesus Christ, first grade sounds like it fucking sucks now-a-days. Pretty sure in my day it was utter chaos. If we had implemented the same set of rules in 1992 my first grade class would have looked like senior cut day by week two. The whole class would have been home serving time. I don't even know how you teach your child not to shoot imaginary weaponry at his friends at that age. Tell him to go to school and avoid having fun at all costs? Sounds like the complete opposite of how someone should be parenting their child.
I almost want to give the principle a pass here as well. I suppose he could be a stick in the mud douchebag that follows his prison-like laws to a T, but something tells me the enforcement of said rules are out of his control. I bet he's just as neutered as the children he watches over. I bet he showed up first day on the job with a spring in his step ready to help shape the young minds of tomorrow. Fast forward a couple of years and every overly sensitive parent that has cried because their crappy kid got pierced through the heart with an invisible bow and arrow has drained all the life out of him. Now he just goes about his miserable day handing out punishments for every single thing that could possibly upset anyone. Doesn't even want to discuss things on a case by case basis, because with the parents he has to constantly deal with, opening up Pandora's box of rational thought is the last thing he needs. Look at that emboldened statement. It's like he's not even a person anymore. Just a generic mouthpiece for a Catholic School handbook. Grade school used to be about learning, and it's sad that it has regressed into a place where you can't even shoot your hand pistol without getting treated like an actual felon.