Ohio student faces suspension if he attends girlfriend’s high school prom

By Calvin Palmer

A fundamentalist Baptist school in Ohio will suspend one its students if he attends his girlfriend’s high school prom because the event involves rock music and dancing.

Despite the warning, issued by a school committee on Wednesday, 17-year-old Tyler Frost says he plans to attend Saturday’s dance at Findlay High School.

Frost attends Heritage Christian School, which forbids dancing, rock music, hand holding and kissing.

Heritage principal Tim England says Frost will be suspended from classes and receive an “incomplete” on remaining assignments.

He will not be permitted to attend any graduation ceremonies with his class of four students, but will receive his diploma once he completes his final exams.

If Frost “is involved with alcohol or sex” at the prom, he will be expelled from Heritage, England said.

Frost’s stepfather, Stephan Johnson, said he plans to file a lawsuit against the school.

Frost has attended Heritage Christian, a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church, since kindergarten. Other than a detention in seventh grade, Frost has never had disciplinary problems.

“He deserves to wear that cap and gown,” Johnson said.

According to the school handbook, rock music “is part of the counterculture which seeks to implant seeds of rebellion in young people’s hearts and minds”.

The school also forbids physical contact between girls and boys in grades 7-12.

Johnson believes those rules should not, and do not, apply outside the classroom. He said many students and their parents do not know the scope of the handbook’s rules.

“How many people at that school know that when country music comes on, their kid could be expelled? Ninety percent of the school could be expelled,” Johnson said.

England said Frost agreed to the school’s rules when he signed a statement of cooperation at the beginning of the school year.

“Our stand on this issue should be of no surprise to the student or his parents,” England said in a statement. “For the parents to claim any injustice regarding this issue is at best forgetful and at worst disingenuous. It is our hope that the student and his parents will abide by the policies they have already agreed to.”

England said he has never known a Heritage Christian student to attend Findlay’s prom and he has been principal for 13 years.

Findlay High School requires students attending prom from other schools to get a signature from their principal.

England signed the form for Frost, but told him there would be “consequences” if he attended the dance, Frost said.

“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.”

Instead, England took the issue to the school committee, made up of church members, where they decided to suspend Frost.

“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.

Craig Kupferberg, the principal of Findlay High School, said he respects but does not agree with Heritage Christian School’s view of prom activities.

“I don’t see dancing and rock music as immoral acts,” Kupferberg said.

I take it the Heritage school motto is not “Let the good times roll”.

And well done Mr England for hiding behind the skirts of the school committee, how very democratic.

It would be a fitting retribution to lock him, and the committee, in a room and play hours of Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.

Full marks go to Tyler Frost for having an independent mind. Whereas he will have the support and best wishes of fair-minded people the world over, England and his pious cronies will only have their contempt.

[Based on reports by The Courier and newsday.com.]

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5 responses to “Ohio student faces suspension if he attends girlfriend’s high school prom

  1. Mål

    How can this not terrify people? Doesnt this sound suspiciously like the inquisition? Control and hate always have to start somewhere. I think it is the seed in the heart of everyone who calls themselves Christian. The young man is to be applauded for making up his own mind.

  2. Alissa Nicole

    I attend a private school and have similar rules. I believe the teachers and faculty blow out of proportion proms, dancing, certain music genres, and physical contact. Teachers flip out if you give anyone of the opposite sex even a side hug; you can even get demerits for kissing. I believe self righteous Christians is the problem, especially the adults. Most of my teachers think themselves holy believers who rarely sin..blah blah etc.

    Most of the time they care so much about dress code being enforced (tucking in shirts, correct belt color..etc.) when they should be more worried about teaching. One of my teachers, when i was in the eighth grade pulled my shirt up over my stomach to check and see if it was tucked in…dont you think if you cant tell if it’s tucked in or not then it’s fine? Not to mention that could be sexual harassment…

    They have, on several occasions, made students return home (some living from 30 minutes to an hour from school) to change their belts because they don’t allow white belts or belts with designs. One being my friend, was given a demerit, sent home (an hour away and was told to return to school once he changed belts), and was given tardies for every class he missed.

    In my opinion, they should be more worried about their selves and teaching than whether a students belt is the wrong color…

    But that’s just the opinion of a 16 year old student…

  3. ediva75

    I am a Christian woman and I stumbled across this article I did a blog for myself and this is very sad. As long as a parent has given a child the right guidance, values, loves, hugs & kisses and wisdom that should be all that matters on what kids do (even with peer influence). Since when did a school feel the need to dictate to a kid that his “outside of school biz” is our biz because are values we placed on kids out of fear of dancing, hand holding and rock & rap music are a sin??? Are they aware of saying no to what you find wrong is a temptation to the kids to find out “well why is it wrong”.

    And you wonder why we have the likes of a Bristol Palin from a similiar so called values like that Christian school & home on the “stop teen pregnancy” tour (rolling my eyes)!!!

  4. Doug Price

    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.”

    This act of Tim England and the Heritage School will have a much deeper seed and far greater reaches on Tyler Frost life than all the rock music ever written .

    doug price

  5. Squipple

    If rock music is a sin, throw me in Hell! I’m never giving up my rock and roll!

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