Child suspended from school for pretending to shoot imaginary bow and arrow
A six-year-old child has been suspended from school in the US for using an imaginary bow and arrow in the playground.
Malachi Miele, who has never had a disciplinary issue before, was sent home from Our Lady of Lourdes school in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The little boy was playing a game of 'Power Rangers' with his friends at lunchtime on the school grounds.
During the game he mimed the action of shooting an imaginary bow and arrow.
A teacher who was supervising the children observed the incident and sent Malachi to the principal's office.
The school principal, Joe Crachiolo, made the decision to suspend the boy from school on foot of his imaginary actions.
“I have no tolerance for any real, pretend or imitated violence. The punishment is an out of school suspension.
"It is not fun to pretend to harm another person.
"Recently, there have been some ‘games’ being played during recess time. These various games have involved students pretending to ‘shoot’ other students," he wrote.
"These games are not appropriate in a Catholic school or any other school setting," he added.
"Pretend playing that we may have done when we were younger (myself included) is no longer appropriate, especially at school."
Meanwhile, the child's father said he didn't see anything wrong with his actions.
“My son has never had a discipline problem,” the child’s father, Matthew Miele, told ABC News.
"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 and make this a teachable moment for our kid so we can move forward in a healthy manner.
“I would imagine a three day suspension would be an act of physical violence, a threat of real physical violence, not imagined,” he said.