A student at a fundamentalist Baptist school that forbids dancing, rock music, hand-holding and kissing will be suspended if he takes his girlfriend to her public high school prom, his principal said.
Despite the warning, 17-year-old Tyler Frost, who has never been to a dance before, said he plans to attend Findlay High School's prom Saturday.
Frost, a senior at Heritage Christian School in northwest Ohio, agreed to the school's rules when he signed a statement of cooperation at the beginning of the year, principal Tim England said.
The teen, who is scheduled to receive his diploma May 24, would be suspended from classes and receive an "incomplete" on remaining assignments, England said. Frost also would not be permitted to attend graduation but would get a diploma once he completes final exams. If Frost is involved with alcohol or sex at the prom, he will be expelled, England said.
The rule may be silly, harsh, or any other adjective, but it's a rule the family agreed to when the student enrolled. I'd feel differently if the rule were illegal, but it's certainly within the school's purview to regulate student conduct as it has chosen to do.
Of course, the rules are fine--until they contradict what the student wants to do. Then the school should make an exception, or should change the rule. Right, dad?
Frost's stepfather Stephan Johnson said the school's rules should not apply outside the classroom.
Of course not.
If you don't want your kid to be bound by the rules that the school can legitimately make, then don't enroll the kid there. It's as simple as that.
Update, 5/10/09: A related story over at Coach Brown's.
Update #2, 5/12/09: Hear it from the horse's mouth.
The horse's mouth? Stepdad is acting like the other end. The boy broke a clear rule, knowing the consequences in advance, and dadsie's gonna file a lawsuit. Sometimes I wonder.
During an interview with Harry Smith, Frost explained that his private Christian school does have a contract stipulating "no dancing." However, he didn't believe it should include dancing outside of school. So, despite a stiff warning from his principal, he went to his girlfriend's prom at another school. He has since been suspended and won't be allowed to take his final exams on time or graduate with the rest of his class.Despite this, Frost has no regrets, saying that attending his special lady's prom was both "worth the risk" and "the right decision." Frost's stepfather was also there for the interview. He didn't say much before leaving in the middle of the discussion, but he did mention that a lawsuit against the school is in the works.