JISHOU, HUNAN — Findlay, Ohio, teen Tyler Frost stuck to his guns this weekend and flouted his church school’s rules against dancing and listening to rock music. He went to his girlfriend’s prom, and got suspended.
His local paper, The Courier, printed this photo of Tyler and his sweetheart having some additional non-fundie fun in the parking lot of her school. (Caution: This photo may lead to thoughts of lust and … dancing. I am not responsible for any consequences that may ensue.)
To recap this little story of life in Jesusland, Frost is a senior at Heritage Christian School, a conservative Baptist school that forbids dancing, listening to rock music, and other such sinful behavior. Tyler’s girlfriend, Rebecca Smoody, attends Findlay High School, which in addition to having a traditional senior prom also condones dancing and listening to rock music. The couple wanted to attend the prom together.
FHS requires guests of its students to get permission from their own schools’ principals to attend the FHS prom. Frost did, but his principal said if he went, Frost would violate HCS behavioral regulations and face suspension.
Frost and his family feel the HCS regs should only pertain to behavior during school hours, and not after hours elsewhere. So Frost went, and his school suspended him.
He told his local paper that he enjoyed the dance (his first), and while he found the music a little too loud, “he certainly did not hear any music he hasn’t heard before.”
Sounds like Tyler has already bent a few HCS rules already. Whatta rebel!
Meanwhile, the principal of HCS had this to say on the school’s website,
In the Old Testament, Joseph was in a place of temptation and he fled. Unlike this situation, he didn’t put himself in that place. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.” II Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee also youthful lusts but follow after righteousness faith charity and peace with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” When the school committee, many years before I became the principal, set up the policy regarding dancing, I am confident that they had the principle of fleeing lustful situations in mind. The question as I see it is, should a Christian place themselves at an event where young ladies will have low cut dresses and be dancing in them? Isn’t it contrary to the example of Joseph and the verses that I stated?
Correct me if I’m wrong here. Frost was not going to a strip club; he was going to a High. School. Prom. This school needs to join the 21st century … or even the 17th century.
Meanwhile, Frost and his stepfather have made the requisite appearance on national TV (the Early Show, though they both walked off before the interview was over) and are planning, in true American fashion, to file a lawsuit against Heritage Christian School.
You know, you could make a movie about this … wait, nevermind, someone already did, 25 years ago.