Principal Joe Crachiolo at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and School in Cincinnati has made an uncompromising decision to suspend a first-grader for pretending to use a bow and arrow at recess while this first-grader and his friends were playing “Power Rangers.”
His teacher reportedly witnessed the young boy making questionable gestures that resembled pulling a bow back and releasing an arrow. There was nothing in the boy’s hands of course, but it’s the thought that counts.
The teacher pulled him aside and questioned him as to what he was doing. The boy was frank with the teacher and admitted that he was “shooting” an arrow. He was allowed to return to class, but not for long. Once word got to the principal, he was given an out-of-school suspension for three days.
Crachiolo said he will not tolerate any form of violence, whether real or pretend. WLWT reported:
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.
Martha Miele said she was called Thursday afternoon while at work by Principal Joe Crachiolo.
“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?'”
The Mieles sent Crachiolo an email Thursday evening and met with him Friday morning asking him to reconsider.
“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.”
The Mieles also contacted the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and were told someone would talk with the principal.
On Monday the archdiocese told WLWT “It cannot comment on disciplinary issues involving a minor.”
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.
This is so ridiculous. The fact that there’s even an issue with whether the student had “malicious intent” or not makes it all the more preposterous. They’re not even joking.