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Teen Threatened by Theists Over Going to Prom

In Culture Wars, editorial, neanderthals, religion on May 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Thanks to Stephanie for Bringing This to My Attention

Tyler Frost attends a fundamentalist Baptist school in Findlay, Ohio. Foot Loose High School, err, Heritage Christian High School doesn’t allow dancing, rock music, hand holding, or kissing. Indeed, even the handbook for Heritage Christian states:

“[Rock music] is part of the counterculture which seeks to implant seeds of rebellion in young people’s hearts and minds.”

Wow, crazy stuff huh? Could they be any more idiotic or archaic if they tried? It sounds like they are stuck in the 1950s or, as mentioned, a Kevin Bacon movie. Needless to say FLHS won’t be holding a prom, as by definition that would violate at least 3 of the 4 forbidden acts, and if my catholic high school was any barometer I suspect the 4th won’t hold up long either. Luckily for Tyler, he has a girlfriend whose parents chose not to send their daughter to a wacked out Christian gulag. She is having a prom at her high school, so Tyler won’t miss out. After all, his parents (surprisingly) are cool with it, and prom is an American tradition.

Well Tyler’s principle at Heritage Christian had something else in mind. He threatened Tyler with suspension, incomplete grades, and being barred from attending graduation, if Tyler attends the outside school’s prom. The principle, Tim England, tried to justify his brutishness:

“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.”

Imagine that, a theist invoking god to control the personal lives and private behaviors of other people. I’m sure god has a big problem with young romance. Sure, our hormones may rage in our late teens, but this is a test of our faith in a deity that should already know the outcome of said test. As usual, makes perfect sense. Tim England is a Neanderthal. Who gets off on denying a child a right to a childhood?

  1. If I were about of that school’s population, I would get everyone together and rebel. Party at my house!

  2. If I were Tyler’s parents, I would embrace a great American tradition and sue the pants off that school. Surely they must be insulted by the implication that their own morals are somehow wanting?

  3. No rock music, no dancing, no holding hands, no kissing. I would wager that, despite all their pontification, this school has the same incidence of teen pregnancy and drug abuse. Religion is such an ineffective and costly approach to behavior modification.

  4. Yeah I’m really surprised at the parents’ lack of concern. They sided with their son, but really didn’t repudiate the school. I wonder how much they are paying to send their son to this school. This is an excellent case against school vouchers.

  5. ur going to hell

  6. “Who gets off on denying a child a right to a childhood?”

    The religious.

  7. ur going to hell”

    An excellent point that is clearly well thought out and logically irrefutable! Clearly your christian love has shown us all the light.

  8. Unfortunately he’s going to a private school. In most states they make their own rules and can enforce them as they see fit. They can expel students for any reason they choose. (The case of the two girls in CA who were recently thrown out of their Lutheran school for alleged lesbian activity only proves that. They sued and lost. ) If he or his parents didn’t like the rules they should have chosen another school. Protesting at the end of senior year won’t do him much good, and unless he wants to risk his diploma he should probably just suck it up and skip the prom. He’ll know better than to send his kids to a whackjob school like that.

  9. Well maybe now that the story has made national news maybe that ‘Crusty Old Dean’ will relent.

    BTW, can you name that reference?

  10. This story made http://detentionslip.org ! Check it out for all the crazy headlines from our schools.

  11. So much for love and forgiveness. Jesus said ‘suffer the little children’ and I thought he meant ‘care for them and listen to them’ not make them suffer!

    What do I know I’m just an atheist. I’m going to hell apparently.


  12. @Liz

    But the children are the future…UNLESS WE FIGHT BACK NOW!!!

  13. In the US there is a time and place for everything and its Prom. Prom is basically about fucking as it should be. 🙂

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