Suspensions as Consequence for Going to Prom


10 year(s) ago

[quote]: Ohio Christian School Tells Student to Skip Prom FINDLAY, Ohio – 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. Frost's stepfather Stephan Johnson said the school's rules should not apply outside the classroom. "He deserves to wear that cap and gown," Johnson said. Frost said he thought he had handled the situation properly. Findlay requires students from other schools attending the prom to get a signature from their principal, which Frost did. "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." England said Frost's family should not be surprised by the school's position. "For the parents to claim any injustice regarding this issue is at best forgetful and at worst disingenuous," he said. "It is our hope that the student and his parents will abide by the policies they have already agreed to." The principal at Findlay High School, whose graduates include Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, said he respects, but does not agree with, Heritage Christian School's view of prom. "I don't see (dancing and rock music) as immoral acts," Craig Kupferberg said. [/quote] Personally, I think the school's being a bit extreme about this... But then, I do love to dance and I don't see it as a sin. But what do y'all think?


10 year(s) ago

That's just wrong. And the whole dancing and rock music thing, dancing doesn't make you a tramp, and rock music can have a positive influence. Ever heard of Christian rock? Last year, at my school (I go to a school that is doubles as a baptist church, though the school isn't specifically Baptist), we used a Bob Jones University Bible workbook, and they said that rock music isn't pleasing to God,and just because it has positive lyrics, it still not acceptable for God. That's what the workbook said, but my teacher disagreed and used Jeremy Camp as an example. As far as I know, no where in the Bible does it say "Thou shalt not dance" or "Thou shalt not listen to Christian Rock music just because God doesn't like the sound of booming guitars." Please correct me if I'm wrong. Taking it as far as to not allow him to go to his own graduation is overly extreme.

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