Catholic school suspends 6-year-old for pretending to shoot imaginary bow and arrow at recess

CINCINNATI – Parents are mad that a Catholic school suspended their 6-year-old son for pretending to shoot an imaginary bow and arrow at recess.

 "I don’t see anything wrong with the way he was playing,” said the father, Matthew Miele.

Miele said his son served the second day of his three-day punishment Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Westwood.  He wants the school to drop the issue.

"I think we have to lose this. It sounds a little editorial, possibly like they’re using our platform to teach that lesson," Miele said.

Miele said his son was playing outside when a teacher saw what he was doing and brought it to the principal’s attention. That’s when Matthew’s son was called to the principals office. 

Miele said the school has a zero tolerance policy toward threatening gestures. 

"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,” Miele said.

He said his son didn't have any malicious intent.

For now, Miele says  and his wife plan to keep their son at Our Lady of Lourdes,  but they’re debating whether or not they’ll send him there next year. 


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