Cincinnati, OH -- In what can be described as a decision made in a society driven by fear, a 7-year-old boy was suspended from school for three days for pretending to shoot an imaginary bow and arrow.
The boy, who returned to school today after receiving his punishment, formed an imaginary bow and arrow and 'shot' it at his friend. The two boys were engaged in a 'dangerous' game of Power Rangers when they were spotted by the teachers who saw something and said something.
According to WLWT, 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 of Principal Joe Crachiolo, who handed down the steep
"I didn't really understand. I had him (the principal) 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 parents pleaded with the school to apply a bit of reason to their decision but were met with the following statement from the principal.
"I have no tolerance for any real, pretend, or imitated violence. The punishment is an out of school suspension."
"I can't stop him from pretending to be a superhero. 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 said.
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"His imagination can go limitless places. We try to encourage that as parents," Matthew Miele said.
This sort of reaction by school staff and police alike speaks volumes to the progression of the nanny state.
Last year, at Cal State San Marcos. Students barricaded themselves in classrooms as militarized SWAT teams were deployed all over campus, to stop a man with an umbrella.
When does the constant anticipation of mass shootings and terror attacks reach a precipice and materialize into a total police state grid?
Mass shootings are no more common now that they were decades ago. In fact, the highest point of mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century.
The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning and we certainly don't see people calling the cops when they hear thunder; although that scenario is probably not too far out.
You have a better chance of being killed by a bee sting, or a home repair accident than you do a terrorist. Or how about, being shot by a police officer, medical malpractice, hot weather, tripping, or choking on your own vomit? All of these are more likely to kill you than TERRORISM.
Mainstream media coupled with government fear-mongering about the next boogeyman is helping to create a society of timid and fearful drones who are completely dependent on the state for their own protection.