A student of a Christian high school in Findlay, Ohio was suspended from school for attending prom with his girlfriend who attends a public high school.
It seems that the fundamentalist Baptist high school that Tyler Frost attends forbids dancing, rock music, hand-holding, and kissing.
The suspension will cause Frost to miss his graduation ceremony and he will not be allowed to graduate until after he completes his final exams. His stepfather is not happy and thinks that the school’s rules should not apply outside the classroom (Do they need these kinds of rules to govern what happens IN the classroom? That would be a wild class!).
Let me say a couple of things. First, I agree with many who think that the school’s rules are probably too strict. I am not a legalist and do not like the whole mindset. The school is one I would hesitate to send my children to just because of their silly rules.
However, I do think that the school has/had every right to suspend Frost. It seems that everyone is overlooking the fact that Frost and his parents signed a statement of cooperation when they enrolled in the Christian high school. The statement said that they agreed to abide by the rules of the school. If they did not like the rules, they could have chosen another school (perhaps the public school). They had other options. To decide that the rules are not agreeable to them and are unfair now misses the point. They agreed to the rules. They need to abide by them or be open to the consequences.
What are your thoughts?
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