Boy Suspended for IMAGINARY Bow and Arrow

The principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Joe Crachiolo declared in a letter that he suspended the boy because he has no tolerance for any real, pretend or imitated violence. Basically the boy was suspended for being a kid and doing what kids do.

While the parents are unhappy about their child’s suspension, after unsuccessfully trying to reason with Mr. Crachiolo, they don’t feel he’s a bad principal, but they do feel he made a really bad decision.

Crachiolo courageously refused to reconsider his decision to suspend a little boy for playing with a totally make-believe bow and arrow.

“He told me that he was going to stand firm and that he was not going to change it,” the frustrated mother told the NBC affiliate.

The suspension began on Friday and ended on Tuesday.

“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 told WLWT.

“I think he’s a good principal. I just think a bad decision was made,” Matthew Miele told the station.

Crachiolo, the principal says in a biography about himself that he is a longtime resident of Cincinnati. He has a cat named Snowball and likes to play golf.

It’s been awhile but, in recent years, America has witnessed a rash of teachers and school principals who have bizarrely punished students — primarily little boys — for having things that represents weapons but which no reasonable person could construe as weapons.

An incident very similar to the pretend bow-and-arrow kerfuffle occurred in 2013 at Mary Blair Elementary School in Loveland, Colo. when a 7-year-old boy got suspended because he lobbed a pretend grenade — probably heroically far — toward make-believe bad guys on the playground during recess.

In the boy’s defense, Principal Crachiolo is ironically trying to protect kids from violence (imaginary violence included) while being the head of a school based on the Catholic religion. It kind of makes you wonder how much they edit their Bible stories to fit this initiative. At the end of the day, kids will be kids. And their imaginations shouldn’t be silenced for the sake of not offending somebody.





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