A girl was suspended for two days from her junior high school for standing on a chair during lunch in the cafeteria and proclaiming the gospel.
“She was extremely fired up. She was lit up,” said her mother Carla White. “She’s like Mom. I’ve felt called and I really want to do this. I really feel like I have to.”
But Principal Rob Stephenson had a different take on the issue.
“I approached the girl. I didn’t know what she was doing and I asked her to get down off the chair. You can’t do that,” he said.
Stephenson, who carries a cross in his pocket, says the problem wasn’t Aly praying.
“She can’t put herself in a dangerous situation. She can’t stand up on the cafeteria benches,” said Stephenson.
Aly was suspended for two days.
I don’t really want to make the stereotypical anti-jock comment, but I can’t help but wonder if she would have received the same response from the administration if she had been urging her peers to attend the next football game.
I don’t doubt that the principal is Christian–there’s no reason not to take him at his word–but I do think he is afraid. A lot of people are, and they’re erring on the side of political correctness and zero tolerance. It’s a bit ridiculous.
Hopefully Aly will get two things out of this: first, that there are sometimes negative consequences to your actions and you’ve got to deal with those, but second that sometimes those consequences are worth it. If nothing else, hopefully the backlash from this will get the school to tone down on its crack down.