An Ohio teen recently ran afoul of his private fundamentalist Christian school’s policy, by attending a school prom held by his girlfriend’s school. It appears his school’s principal fears “young ladies [with] low-cut dresses [who are] dancing in them.”

No, I’m not kidding. It really happened. He was even interviewed about it on CBS’s Early Show:

A tale reminiscent of the 1980s film, “Footloose” has made it to reality.

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. …

In a statement from his school, Frost’s principal, Tim England, wrote, “When the school committee … set up the policy regarding dancing, I am confident that they had the principle of fleeing lustful situations in mind … should a Christian place themselves at an event where young ladies will have low-cut dresses and be dancing in them.”

Typical religionist logic! Note especially how the principal blames these young women for being the problem. It’s all the girls’ fault, you see, according to fundamentalists. If they just refrained from wearing those “low-cut dresses” and from “dancing in them,” everything would be just fine!

What a putrid little excuse from a putrid little man’s lustful mind.

In any event, Frost doesn’t regret it at all (I suppose getting national media exposure is a welcome compensation):

But Frost insists he doesn’t have regrets, even with the consequences.

“It was worth it,” Frost said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to prom, and I’m glad I went. Looking back, I think I made the right decision.”

Rock on, Tyler!

P.S. It does, as CBS News says, sound like the movie Footloose. That movie was based on the real town of Elmore City, OK, where a religiously-inspired municipal ban on dancing had been in place for decades and had been lifted shortly before the movie was released.

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