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May 12, 2009

"Prom rebel" pretends to be a victim

CBS/AP, May 12:
Tyler Frost, a 17-year-old senior at Heritage Christian School in Findlay, Ohio was warned that that he would face suspension and miss his graduation if he attended his girlfriend's prom at her public school -- but he did it anyway.

The move has resulted in his being labeled him a rebel in some places, but he told The Early Show in an exclusive interview he has no regrets.

"It was worth it," Frost told co-anchor Harry Smith.

Frost signed a contract at the beginning of the school year that prohibits dancing, handholding and listening to rock 'n' roll.
Tyler Frost is shocked -- shocked! -- to learn that the school intends its students to honor the moral behavior contract they sign at the beginning of each school year.

He consciously defies the warnings he was given, and then he is stunned to learn that, unlike him, the school keeps its word.

Now Frost is upset that he won't be able to walk the stage with his fellow graduates:
"It's kind of sad that it has to end this way," Frost said. "I was kind of looking forward to graduating with my class, you know, that's why you put in 13 years of school -- to graduate. And to just, you know, show up one day and just have it taken from you."
Yeah, it's like, you know, this just came right out of the blue, with no warning and no explanation!

Frost's stepfather, in an apparent bid to teach Frost the importance of keeping one's word, hinted that he might sue the school. Way to teach a valuable life lesson in character, Dad!

So, does young Frost think his choice reflects badly on him?
"I still feel I’m a Christian," Frost said. "I believe in the morals they’ve taught me."
Including, I suppose, the virtue of parading your disputes on national television so you can turn public opinion against the one you have a disagreement with.

My regard for Mr. Frost might have gone up a notch or two if he and his stepfather had told the media that this dispute was none of their business, but it's far too late for that.


Temlakos said...

Who do those two complainers think they are?

First, the school has rules, and the boy signed a contract. A contract is a contract. Trying to break a contract and get away with it teaches a very bad life lesson.

Second, I think those rules were just. They mean simply that boys and girls will not drive themselves crazy trying to see how close they can come to the "line" when dabbling with fornication. I'd have loved to go to a school with such rules—parietal rules, as we used to call them.

Anonymous said...

The parents that let their kid go on national tv like this with this point of view are the bane of the rule of law and responsible citizenship.

In spite of the fact that I find rules such as "not listening to rock and roll" to be a bit silly, the person who signs on needs to have integrity--and to be held to integrity by parents in the case of a high school student.