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CINCINNATI -- A first-grade student was given a three-day suspension for pretending to shoot another student at recess with a pretend bow-and-arrow.

According to WLWT, the boy's parents Matthew and Martha Miele say their 6-year-old son was playing 'Power Rangers' at recess last Thursday.

"He says, yes, I was shooting at them, 'like I had my bow and arrow, just drawing it and making a sound effect, choo-choo-choo.'"

The parents say the principal suspended their son for the next three days and sent a letter home that stated: "I have no tolearnce for any real, pretend or imitated violence. The punishment is an out-of-school suspension."

The Mieles told the station they spoke with the principal in person, but he would not change his decision. They think the length of the suspension is "unreasonable."

"I would imagine a three-day suspension would be an act of physical violence towards another person, a threat of real physical violence towards another person, not imagined."

School officials at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School declined to comment.

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