Thursday, November 5, 2015

Child Survives Imaginary Arrow Attack

Boy gets 3 day suspension of shooting an imaginary bow-and-arrow.
Kids, don't try this at home ... or school! (Warner Bros. Animation)
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You’ve probably heard that some Catholic schools can be tough on students, but have you ever heard of this? A first grader student attending Our Lady of Lourdes private school in Cincinnati, Ohio was given a three-day suspension recently because he pretended to shoot an imaginary arrow at a school mate. Fox News says it best: “The bow-and-arrow was imaginary. The punishment is real.”

Here is how it went down: A teacher spotted the boy outside during recess pretending to shoot an invisible bow-and-arrow at another child. The “horrendous” act was his attempt of pretending to be a Power Ranger. The teacher told the principle who then called the boy into his office.

The boy’s mother says that Principle Joe Crachiolo called her at her work to tell her the bad news. “I didn’t really understand,” she said. “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. 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 full answer was given in letter to the parents:

 “I have no tolerance for any real, pretend or imitated violence. The punishment is an out of school suspension.”

Understandably, the boys’ parents are bewildered about the situation and don’t understand how they are supposed to stop him from acting out like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle or other superhero or if they would even want to.

Yes, violence in schools has become rampant in our society, but it doesn’t “start” when 6-year-olds are pretending to shoot arrows. (Although, I might be concerned if the child was pretending to be a serial killer.) What the children were doing was a more modern version of "cops and robbers." 

The “logic” of this zero tolerance seems similar to when CBS had to edit many of the Warner Bros. cartoons featured in the Bugs Bunny Road Runner Show back in the 1970s. Some parents and other "experts" were afraid that children would see Wyle E. Coyote misuse dynamite and then think that they could do the same and not get hurt. No, it's not the same thing, but the fear is.

Even if you agree that the use of imaginary weapons has no place in school, would you at least agree that a simple reprimand of the child would have sufficed instead of kicking him out for three days?

Oh, and by the way, the other child is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.

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