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'Act of Faith' Costs Track Team a Win, Trip to State Championships
KHOU ^ | Friday, May 3

Posted on 05/09/2013 3:54:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway

'Act of faith' did not cost track team win, student's reaction to official did

An act of faith has cost an area track team a win and a chance to advance to the state championships.

This past weekend, the Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals had just won a boys relay race when a runner’s final gesture got them disqualified. As he was crossing the finish line, Derrick Hayes pointed up to the sky. His father believes he was giving thanks in a gesture to God.

“It was a reaction,” father KC Hayes said. “I mean you’re brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you’re blessed.”

Columbus ISD Superintendent Robert O’Connor said the team had won the race by seven yards. It was their fastest race of the year.

Though O’Connor cannot say why the student pointed, he says it was against the rules that govern high school sports. The rules state there can be no excessive act of celebration, which includes raising the hands.

(Excerpt) Read more at khou.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 666; sports; texas; track

1 posted on 05/09/2013 3:54:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

story debunked, he was taunting and showboating after crossing the finish line, admitted it. No story.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 4:00:32 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: babble-on

We used to call it celebrating before the PC crowd took over. I hate the NFL calls for “excessive celebration”. Bunch of wimps.


3 posted on 05/09/2013 4:24:47 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: babble-on
story debunked, he was taunting and showboating after crossing the finish line, admitted it. No story.

Give a link, please. I've followed this and had not seen that posted anywhere else until you just posted it.

4 posted on 05/09/2013 5:21:30 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: babble-on

The video does not show what you have reported. Give a link or slink back under your rock.


5 posted on 05/09/2013 5:37:27 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.khou.com/home/Act-of-faith-did-not-cost-track-team-win-students-reaction-to-official-did-206376571.html


6 posted on 05/09/2013 5:38:46 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: xzins

http://www.texastrackblog.com/2013/05/06/columbus-hs-relay-dq-do-you-really-know-what-happened/


7 posted on 05/09/2013 5:40:41 PM PDT by dmz
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To: txrefugee
by the way, I do not live under a rock, you vile maggot:

Over the course of the investigation, the [The University Interscholastic League] UIL interviewed several eyewitnesses and reviewed video of the race. Additionally, the UIL spoke to the involved parties. The UIL has concluded the investigation and has found no evidence to suggest that the disqualification took place as a result of the student-athlete expressing religious beliefs. The basis for the disqualification was due to the student-athlete behaving disrespectfully, in the opinion of the local meet referee.

Based on the UIL’s investigation, the student athlete raised his hand and gestured forward(!) at the conclusion of the 4x100-meter relay. The meet official approached the student-athlete in an effort to warn him of a possible disqualification should that behavior continue. In the opinion of the official, the student reacted disrespectfully. Based on his reaction, the student-athlete was subsequently disqualified. Any decision to disqualify a student-athlete at any track meet must be upheld by the head meet referee. The meet official and the meet referee conferred, and the disqualification was upheld on-site. At no point during the discussions surrounding the disqualification at the meet was the issue of religious expression raised by any parties.

Hmmm, and dad changed his tune:

the student-athlete’s parents submitted a letter stating that their son’s religious freedoms were not violated. “In looking back at the conclusion of the 4x100 race, we realize that Derrick could have handled the win in a different manner,” KC and Stacey Hayes said in the letter. “It was not our intention to force the issue that our son’s religious freedom was violated. Nor do we feel that way now. After discussing this with our son, we have come to the conclusion that his religious rights were not violated.”

The student-athlete who was disqualified also submitted a letter during the investigation stating: “Although I am very thankful for all God has given me and blessed me with, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Regional Track Meet in Kingsville, TX, my actions upon winning the 4x100 relay were strictly the thrill of victory. With this being said, I do not feel my religious rights or freedoms were violated.”
8 posted on 05/09/2013 6:06:44 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: dmz

Thank you. As a former track coach, I called it correctly. One finger in the air after a victory is not any historic sign of Christianity.

That said, an athlete being exuberant after a victory should not be cause for a disqualification. If, as the official says, the young man was also disrespectful, then so be it.

There is a line between excitement at victory and a taunting celebration. It is not difficult to tell the difference.

So, he broke the rule, but it’s a rule looking for additional definition.


9 posted on 05/09/2013 6:12:21 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: babble-on
You do live under a rock if you read the articles and comfortably conclude that the story is wrong and the student was taunting and showboating. You are the only one who used those words and again, you do live under a rock if you think these school officials couldn't have an agenda. And you chose to hyperventilate, knock a member of Free Republic, and side with the school officials? Yes, it's conclusive, you do live under a rock.
10 posted on 05/09/2013 7:02:47 PM PDT by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: bramps

The obnoxious kid and his father are both saying there’s no story here. Christians in Texas are not a persecuted religious minority, or if they are, this is not an example of it. Just trying to do you all a favor to drop a story that has no merit and got sensationalized by some PR hacks.

And the other guy started the name calling.


11 posted on 05/10/2013 4:56:32 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: babble-on

Apparently to you,
‘the student athlete raised his hand and gestured forward’= taunting and showboating (your words).

Even after objectively reading the story I think most would conclude the punishment was way out of line, but indicative of more public officials out of control. From that standpoint I think it was an interesting story and good post. But then again, I think calling someone a ‘vile maggot’ is way out of line in response to being told to crawl back under your rock.


12 posted on 05/10/2013 6:31:59 AM PDT by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: bramps; babble-on

You do live under a rock if you read the articles and comfortably conclude that the story is wrong and the student was taunting and showboating. You are the only one who used those words and again, you do live under a rock if you think these school officials couldn’t have an agenda. And you chose to hyperventilate, knock a member of Free Republic, and side with the school officials? Yes, it’s conclusive, you do live under a rock.

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Babble-ons living arrangements are not the topic of this thread. At the beginning of this thread, he correctly pointed out that this was a non story - but one freeper took issue with it not be documented with a link, and chose to get snippy about it. Kind of like what you are doing.

The links are out there, with quotes from both the boy and the boy’s parents. Babble on has it right. It’s a story about a kid who made a mistake. And had to face the consequences of his actions.


13 posted on 05/10/2013 9:54:16 AM PDT by dmz
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To: bramps

Apparently to you,
‘the student athlete raised his hand and gestured forward’= taunting and showboating (your words).

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Did you read the section in the article wherein the official indicated the response from the kid was disrespectful? My reading indicated he was being warned to cease and desist the celebratory behavior and then behaved disrespectfully to the official.

That by itself is dq-worthy.


14 posted on 05/10/2013 10:00:23 AM PDT by dmz
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To: dmz

The rock is a two family, huh?

Funny that they didn’t release the video, huh? Because God knows that public school officials are beyond reproach. Geez, I mean it’s not like the kid was using his hand to imitate a gun. Then I would wholeheartedly agree with you that he should be banished from the school and probably the country.


15 posted on 05/10/2013 1:53:38 PM PDT by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: bramps
The rock is a two family, huh?

Should I know what that means? I don't.

Funny that they didn’t release the video, huh? Because God knows that public school officials are beyond reproach.

Have you read the statements from the boy and his parents? It doesn't sound like you have. You can find them at the link in post #7.

16 posted on 05/10/2013 5:42:56 PM PDT by dmz
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To: dmz

I read every word of all stories and saw available video. We have different takes on the family. I took them as decent folks who just didn’t want to continue slopping in the mud with the media pigs. Something like I’m about to do right now...

(Ask someone to help you with the rock joke. It’s good)


17 posted on 05/10/2013 7:47:02 PM PDT by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: bramps; babble-on

Now wait a minute, both of you. I used ‘taunting’ on an earlier thread, and thus deserve to be included in the debate.

I got royally flamed by some self-professed Christians (not sure that they could be convicted of so - being based on the evidence of that thread).


18 posted on 05/10/2013 8:08:29 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Didn’t know there were so many fans of public officials, especially public school officials, here on Free Republic. Personally, I’m just not a fan of pc crap run amok. But then again, I don’t live under a rock.


19 posted on 05/10/2013 8:36:27 PM PDT by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: bramps

You probably ought to seek psychiatric help about your hangup about geological structures.


20 posted on 05/11/2013 5:49:06 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

I did. He told me I had rocks in my head.

fwiw...I was just playing off an earlier post from someone else. Have a good weekend.


21 posted on 05/11/2013 6:06:58 AM PDT by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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