Student At Christian School Told He’ll Be Suspened If He Goes To Prom
Tyler Frost, 17, a student at Heritage Christian School in northwest Ohio, wants to take his girlfriend to her public school prom at Findlay High School. His principal, Tim England, says Frost signed a statement of cooperation at the beginning of the school year, agreeing to school rules. England says Frost will receive an “incomplete” on remaining assignments and won’t be permitted to attend graduation if he goes. And if he has anything to do with sex or alcohol at the prom, he’ll be expelled. The school forbids rock music, holding hands, dancing and kissing.
Frost followed rules by getting signed permission from the principal to attend his girlfriend’s prom.
“I expected a short lecture about making the right decisions and not doing something stupid,” Frost said. “I thought I would get his signature and that would be the end.”
England acknowledged signing the form but warned Frost there would be consequences if he attended the dance. England then took the issue to a school committee made up of church members, who decided to threaten Frost with suspension.
“In life, we constantly make decisions whether we are going to please self or please God. (Frost) chose one path, and the school committee chose the other,” England said.
The handbook for the 84-student Christian school says rock music “is part of the counterculture which seeks to implant seeds of rebellion in young people’s hearts and minds.”
If Tyler had signed an agreement that forbade him from going to a prom, that’s one thing. But the rules state that he can do so with permission of the principal, in writing, which he received. Now he’s being punked. Keeping agreements is the Christian thing to do. But who says dancing is the un-Christian thing to do?
Besides, aren’t we sending young Americans to third-world countries to do battle against this kind of fundamentalism?
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