Tyler Frost is going to be Suspended from High School.

Tyler went to his principal and gave him a letter explaining his planned course of action for this coming weekend. The principal signed the letter, but warned Tyler if he followed through there would be consequences.

"I expected a short lecture about making the right decisions and not doing something stupid," Tyler reported. "I thought I would get his signature and that would be the end."

But the principal made good on his threats. He summoned a school committee made up of church members who in turn told Tyler he’d be suspended if he made good on his plans.

"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," the principal said.

His suspension, which would keep him from his last Senior classes means he would receive an incomplete on remaining assignments. He will not be permitted to attend graduation, but instead will be mailed his diploma once he makes up his final exams.

His unpardonable sin? – taking his girlfriend to her high school prom where there will be dancing and rock music.

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."

My money is on their rule book doing more to incite rebellion than the rock and roll.

This is a picture of some of Tyler's senior class while on a senior trip, posing for pictures in Midway's Brig. Seems apropos.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

good git rid of the boy, if you don't have any rules what kind of world would you have. No stop signs, no police. you don't have to go to the school your going to. Go to the worldly school and get a crappy education. Nobody forced this boy he choose, we cannot take choice from him nor the school. Obey Jesus

David Lamar Wheeler said...

Hehe. Brave of you to post, anonymous.

Although I can't say I blame the school for holding him to their standards, even if they are a little quirky. Unfortunately for Tyler, at some point it was decided that he would attend that school, and doing so meant meeting certain guidelines.

I don't, however, see how grace plays into this situation... and that seemed to be one of Jesus' strong points. What do you think--would Jesus have gone to prom?

Chad Estes said...

Anonymous,

I think having safe boundaries is different than being controlling. I went to a HS that didn't have dances themselves, but they never tried to manage our lives outside of school programs or functions. They left that up to my parents. In this case with Tyler, I think his family are better indicators of Tyler's maturity, his relationship with his girlfriend, and what would be appropriate for them. Rules can't take relationship and maturity into consideration. They are black and white, cold and unyielding.

And I take umbrage with your "Obey Jesus" comment, as if the school rules somehow come from divine assignment. Have you considered the Apostle Paul's words his letter to the Galatian believers?

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."

Obey Jesus? Then resist the slavery to the law, anonymous.

Trish Ryan said...

Stuff like this might be why folks outside our "I dig Jesus" tribe aren't storming our churches to join us. Makes me think of Dave Burchett's book, "When Bad Christians Happen to Good People."

Brad Gartman said...

Everybody cut, everybody cut...

Love Jesus

Anonymous said...

From Elizabeth Sutton, by the way...

Chad, I love that verse from Galatians. So much so that I have it tattooed on my back. For which I'm sure I would get kicked out of that Christian school. How's that for rebellion? Where are the parents in all of this controversy? I haven't heard or read anything from them.

Chad Estes said...

lol, Elizabeth! You rebel!

I read that Tyler's parents supported his decision to attend his girlfriends prom. They felt that the school's oversight in their son's life ended with the school and their own functions. They felt capable of making decisions with Tyler as to what was appropriate for he and his girlfriend to attend.

Thanks for your comments!

Anonymous said...

That yoke of slavery is circumcision,the old jewish laws, not the moral law, not rules, for he talks about people who live after the flesh will not go to heaven. Gal. 5:19-21. But the real people who love Jesus will be the obeident ones will make it in.. Gal. 5:22-24.

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