May 2009

There are so many things about this story that bug me…I don’t understand why the public school needs the child to get permission from anyone other than his parents to go to prom, I don’t understand why the Christian school principal signed the permission slip with the condition of “there will be consequences”–why give permission to something you don’t agree with– and I don’t understand how the school’s board, as Christians, can say this child’s parents don’t have the ability alone to handle this situation, and that this child is taking a path that is against God’s will. It bothers me that the general public will read this story and assume all Christians are just that judgemental toward everyone and might also think “well I might believe in Christ but if I make one mistake I’ll be kicked out so it’s not worth it”…and it bugs me that stories like this one make it to the news everyday…but seldom do the stories of the good things Christians do make it to the news…not that we, as Christians, do things for our own glory…but it seems the media is only interested tearing down the church…am I way of base here?  Do you think this school is right in it’s declaration of suspension, should this student just follow the school’s policy?  When I was a junior in high school I was told I couldn’t be a cheerleader that year if I didn’t go to camp…camp that year happened to be the same time as my youth group’s youth revival…(the teacher in charge of the cheerleaders was the wife of a youth minister from another church by the way)…I chose to stay and help my youth group and missed being a cheerleader that year…I tell my kids all the time there are consequences to every action…which I think is true…but isn’t part of growing up learning to make those choices?  If the school believes this child should just obey…then why sign the permission slip for him to go and if we as adults are suppose to help children become responsible adults don’t we have to let them learn what it means to make their own decisions mistakes & all…what do  y’all think?

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.


WARNING:  This blog may (read will probably) contain misspelled words and bad grammar…I’m just sayin…

Well this marks the 6th blog I’ve started in the last month…wonder if I’ll finish it? This past week was super full of events and friends and activities…on top of trying to finish the homeschooling year, keeping my house tidy…nay, not tidy decent would be the word…(currently there is a smell I can’t find, but you can walk in the living room without stepping on a toy or something else that would hurt so…decent)…the week started out on

Mon. with homeschooling in the car on the way to McKenna’s ballet/tap class…she has her recital on the 17th of May so we (the parents) got a preview rehearsal of the girls dance…at least I think there were other girls in there–all I could see was my little one…too sweet, can’t wait to see her in her little costume & I hope she doesn’t get stage fright!!

Tues. we had a visit from our sweet friend Steve & Debi Ogle…it was so good to see them and visit with them…but it was TOO SHORT!! We had dinner with other friends that came to see the Ogle’s too…hmmm, I’m gonna have to steal pictures from Debi, as I forgot to take any…you know, I think we have friends that pass through our life and move on and as hard as it is to say goodbye, we know that we will get to spend eternity together…and I really feel like when we do have  those times when we all get a minute (read extra time) to sit around in a living room, on a deck, around a fire, and just tell stories, and laugh & just be together that those moments are little glimpses into the joy we will experience in heaven…at least that’s what I think.

Wednesday…small group…we host small group at our house, we started a new bible study on the gospel of John…it was a good discussion, and I’m looking forward to this week.

Thurs. hmmm, I think Thurs. was mainly school work and housework–and a little yard work…

Friday was when the rain started…I was tired, and kinda spent the day being lazy…which may have helped get me through the weekend…

Sat.–my wonderful church The Bridge had our One Great Day…we take the first Sat. in May every year to go out and serve the community however we can….this year our group had $300 in gas cards…and we were giving it away $5 at a time…would you take it? If you passed someone holding a sign in the rain that said FREE $5 GAS…would you take it? It was really hard to give away…people are conditioned by the world we live in to be suspicious about anything that says free…even when I put NO STRINGS on the back of my sign people would still question our motives…and found it hard to believe that we would just give away free gas for nothing…they were thankful…and always left still surprised and hopefully left understanding grace a little bit more…maybe like Susan said to us yesterday…we planted a seed in them that someone else will come and water…or maybe we were watering a seed…ONE THING I do know, giving to others blessed me more than I can express…

Sun. worshipping this morning, lunch with friends, then 3 new baptisms with my church family…and home to put my feet up…

ahhh…a wonderful week full of precious memories made…what does the Lord have in store for me this week…