Clarification regarding Heritage Christian School

In the tempest in a teapot over Heritage Christian School’s suspension of a student who broke a known rule, some have wondered why the school’s principal, Tim England, signed the “permission slip” required for Tyler Frost to attend the event. The form was actually just a standard from issued by the school hosting the prom (Findlay High School) stating that the student “is a member in good standing at your high school.” It was a statement of fact requested by another school—essentially a “school safety slip,” not a “student permission slip.” Mr. England really couldn’t honestly have avoided signing the form. Furthermore, it still wasn’t signed until Tyler was warned of the potential consequences of attending the prom and thereby breaking the rules to which he had agreed.



2 Responses

  1. I am not defending the kid here, but I’m not buying this argument either.

    Regardless of what I or anyone else thinks about the school’s rules. The kid shouldn’t have gone, or he should have been prepared to deal with the consequences.

    However, the principal was under no obligation to sign this form. It doesn’t matter that the form was requesting a statement of fact. Private school principals are under no obligation to sign such statements of fact. And, it would not have violated any reasonable understanding of honesty to refuse to sign such a form.

    The principal could have saved himself, the kid, and a whole bunch of other people a lot of trouble if he had merely said: “No, I won’t sign this form for you. The activities this form will allow you to participate in will violate our school rules. If I sign it, and you go, it will result in very bad consequences for you, and I am not going to help you hurt yourself. It is my job to treat you with love. Not to mention, the board members and I have better things to do with our time that agonize over what to do after you break our school’s rules. If you really want to attend this function, you’re not only going to have to break our rules, you’re going to have to break their rules too and somehow falsify a signature for their form. If you do that, and I find out, you will be suspended or expelled. So, please, either withdraw from our school voluntarily before you go, or don’t go.”

  2. I’m a teenager myself, so while I find prom a sordid event, I sympathize with Frost.
    While Frost should have known the consequences of attending an event that would comprise of a few of the activities “forbidden” by the HCS (dancing, rock music), clearly his principal did not explain the full repercussions when he signed this “permission slip” of statement.

    Otherwise one of the parties would stop pretending to be so shocked and own up.

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