Real-life Footloose?

A Christian school in Ohio says it will suspend a student if he attends a public high school prom with his girlfriend.

Despite the warning, 17-year-old Tyler Frost says he plans to attend Saturday's dance at Findlay High School, where his girlfriend is a student.

Frost goes to Heritage Christian School. The fundamentalist Baptist school in northwest Ohio forbids dancing, rock music, hand holding and kissing.

Its principal, Tim England, says Frost is facing a suspension that would keep him from attending graduation. Frost is scheduled to receive his diploma May 24.

Frost's stepfather, Stephan Johnson, says the school's rules should not apply outside the classroom.

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  • by lm Location: nc on May 11, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    I wonder what this school would think of Christian rock bands.
  • by Mom Location: Pitt on May 11, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    Parent and child had no problem at all about attending a Christain school all these years knowing the rules and following them. If they had problem about so called rules they could have easy withdrawn him. Alot of people are missing the point. Its not about the religion or Christainity or the school. The point is they are trying to justify breaking rules and still getting rewarded. He, you don't reward people for breaking the rules.
  • by j on May 11, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    I don't understand why someone would send there child to a school that teaches these things if they don't agree with them and practice them outside of school. It makes no sense. Also, did they sign a contract with the school stating that they would not participate in these activities and if they did, there would be consequences. They knew what kind of school they were enrolled in. That is the point of this story, regardless of whether we agree or not.
  • by Tim Location: Vanceboro on May 11, 2009 at 06:30 AM
    My grandmother used to say something when I was a kid that I never understood until I became an adult. Many of you may need to learn youselves to utter this very statement: "God save us from christians!" I do believe in god, I do believe in Jesus Christ. However, I DO NOT belive in church, or ANY establishment that begs in the name of religion. That is any religion.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 11, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    T - I agree with you 100%, most Christian schools do have less qualified staff than even public schools. I have been fortunate enough to let my son attend prep school which is the best option by far in relation to academics and safety inside of the school. I think the principal over stepped his boundaries when he got into the "out of school" time of this child. Reminds me of those old elvis type movies where rock and roll is the "devil", lol.
  • by T Location: Washington on May 11, 2009 at 02:03 AM
    No offense to Christian schools, yet this is another reason why my daughter and son were pulled out of Christian schooling. They are both in public schools, and doing extremely well. I found that most teachers in Christian schools are paid low wages,and most are teachers that have little, or no teaching experience. Heck, her math teacher was taking a remedial Math 070 class @ our local community college, yet she is teaching math. I will not get into a religious argument, as it is a subject that all have various opinions. I always thought their rules were problematic at best. Hmm... Liked your post. Seems you are open minded enough to realize this principal is on some sort of ego trip.
  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2009 at 12:36 AM
    This school doesn't sound very christian to me. It's a good thing Jesus nor any of His Desiples go there. Wow.
  • by Loves Coldplay Location: Greenville on May 10, 2009 at 11:14 PM
    I agree with Hmm, cause I went to a local Christian school in Green. They forbid rock music and dancing. No prom, just a dinner, they're the main reason I'm an atheist!!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on May 10, 2009 at 11:05 PM
    Tim England is a control freak... and if I pay my money for my kid to go to that school, he would get his diploma. ...Where is this boy's mother... because daddy doesn't know how to handle this principal?!
  • by Anonymous Location: VA on May 10, 2009 at 08:21 PM
    This is just stupid. I can understand if those are the rules for that school, but they can not govern the children outside of that school. That's stepping over a boundary.. and not letting the poor kid graduate because of it? Ridiculous. They can't control him outside of the school, thats the parents job, and the sole responsibility of the parents. If the parents are ok with him attending the dance, then he should not get in trouble for it. I hope this school learns something from this, and stops enforcing this unnecessary rule..
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