HIGH SCHOOL TRACK TEAM DISQUALIFIED WHEN RUNNER GESTURES THANKS TO GOD

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK TEAM DISQUALIFIED WHEN RUNNER GESTURES THANKS TO GOD

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by ALEXANDER MARLOW 3 May 2013, 10:57 AM PDT 807POST A COMMENT

The Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals had won the 4×100-meter relay–by seven yards, no less–and had a shot at the state championship. That was until Junior sprinter Derrick Hayes pointed to the sky.  Hayes’s father, K.C., said that his son made a gesture of thanks to God, but raising a hand to the sky is considered excessive celebration according to the state scholastic rules. And with that, the team was disqualified.

“It was a reaction,” K.C. Hayes said. “You’re brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you’re blessed.”

Many interviewed around town said that this was a violation of freedom of religion rights. Columbus High School said that religious gestures are not banned, but they must be done off of the competition field or court.

Alexander Marlow is Managing Editor of Breitbart News. Follow him on twitter@alexmarlow.

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2 thoughts on “HIGH SCHOOL TRACK TEAM DISQUALIFIED WHEN RUNNER GESTURES THANKS TO GOD

  1. I wonder if it would have been OK with the Gov’t if he elevated the next finger instead? His gesture is showing respect to the One that is really in charge!

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