Athlete pointing to the sky gets track team disqualified

"Excessive" act of celebration

“Excessive” act of celebration

‘Act of faith’ costs track team a win, trip to state championships

UPDATE!!!!    UPDATE!!!

Please read second comment posted. New info came in and we now believe it had nothing to do with praising god. The student was taunting the OPPOSING team  and had been warned. he knew the consequences at this level of competition.

CBS Houston: COLUMBUS, TexasAn 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.
“I don’t think that the situation was technically a terrible scenario as far as his action, but the action did violate the context of the rule,” Supt. O’Connor said.
But critics, including the runner’s father, see it as a violation of religious freedom. Some of them have even complained to the state, which does not appear to be budging.
“You cross a finish line and you’ve accomplished a goal and within seconds it’s gone,” KC Hayes said. “To see four kids, you know, what does that tell them about the rest of their lives? You’re going to do what’s right, work extra hard, and have it ripped away from you?”
It has proven to be a difficult lesson for a team which showed how well it can win. It must now show how well it can handle loss.
From the Columbus High School web page:
“…we recognize the value to enhance the education and self-esteem of all students…”
Contact information for the school and superintendent:
Jerry Brem, Principal, Columbus High School, 979-732-5746
Columbus ISD Business Office, 979- 732-5704
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    • Update Update Please Read and do not Call.
      I just spoke with a guy in maintenance I got lost in school phone system, but he tried to put me thru to principal. Anyway I got him to talk.
      He said it had absolutely nothing to do with religion. He’d eat a car if that kid was praying.
      He said he was taunting the opposing fans and players and there is an official there from the sports governing body who made the call.
      They were warned before game about taunting. The pic we see is someone trying to turn it into a “Religious” Story.
      The superintendent had no say in the matter or principal. In fact they’re pissed and are trying to fight for it but the “sport board” is digging in their feet.
      The guy said they have been getting lot’s of calls on it. and our young
      Mister Hayes is not exactly the most popular guy on campus at the moment.
      You’re talking small town Southern high school sports. Taken very seriously.

       
      • traildustfotm

        Thanks Steve.

         
        • You may want to let Breitbart know..
          http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/03/track-team-disqualified-for-religious-gesture
          The people involved on the news video there all seem to think that it was an innocent gesture (?) hmmm…. (scratches head)
          http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/05/03/High-school-track-team-disqualified-for-making-religious-gesture
          Great work verifying the source! Seriously, I’m really impressed at how far you guys go around here to make sure you’re delivering accurate info. Not many bloggers that I know of would even think about doing their own fact checking on a story previously reported by mainstream outlet(s)! Ya’ll have a quality blog here & really should start putting up some sponsors & collecting what it’s worth. (Lots of people are getting a steady 6 figure income from their blog..Why not give it a shot & see what comes?) 😉

           
          • Tabitha, thank you. Honestly it was kind of a fluke. While we do check things out pretty much the numbers we posted were for irate readers to call and vent. I called and started hitting buttons in automated system and a guy came on and he tried to put me thru to principal. Came back on after no answer and I told him why I was calling.
            Like I said in update they are a little stressed from all the attention, and
            “If that kid was being religious I’ll eat a car”
            Maybe I’ll post over at Breitbart…I mean we do have plenty of legit Religious persecution story’s , no sense people getting riled up over a false one.
            Steve

             
            • Exactly!
              I don’t want to see something ginned up & widely reported if they aren’t sure about it. I mean, if it’s false, it only invites the left to claim we’re imagining or looking for victimization & we sure don’t need that!
              Like you said, there’s plenty of persecution to report on that can’t be refuted to waste time on stories that can..

               
  1. Good day! This is one of those incredibly small acts that makes some unbelievably stupid bureaucrat delight in being able to FINALLY smash someone down, as s/he can’t do that at home. I can imagine the terribly negative impact this denial must have on the affected runner and his team.

     
  2. “Enhance self-esteem” , My Arse. I’ll be calling later. Dialing on meds is always fun..LOL

     
    • I just tried dialing the Biz office and O’connor as he seems to be the bad guy here. When I push extension one for superintendent it answers
      Patricia Portward. hmm don’t think that info is correct.
      Will call principal, but I’m sure it’s not his fault and i just as pissed off.
      Let me see what he has to say..

       
  3. Grrrrh. To war! Let’s flood Principal Jerry Brem with phonecalls!
    Here’s a pic of Brem (r) with the School Superintendent Robert O’Connor (l):
    O'Connor (l); Brem (r)

     
    • Eowyn, I don’t think the principal is bad guy here. It would be O’Conner.
      See my post above as I tried making contact. I may have to call back and try another way.

       
  4. thankyou for the info, I would loooove to talk to this person. Will be calling.

     
  5. This is so off-the-wall! Just when we think we’ve hit bottom, another bottom pops up. So pointing the finger is an “excessive act of celebration”?! If they had lost and he had pointed his middle finger, I’ll bet that would have been all right. Can you believe this is happening in the land of the free and home of the brave? Quick, the barf bucket!
    God, I know You are up there. Please comfort Derrick Hayes – I can’t imagine what he’s thinking right now. I’ll bet his self-esteem has hit a new low. Wow – unbelievable!

     
  6. America is going PLUM STUPID! They need to kick That Principal and Superintendent in their ass till their noise bleeds! Let kids find out on their own, we don’t need some Socialist Bastard to be telling our kids WRONG things until they are old enough to make their own decision, until then LET THEM BE KIDS! Wake up America the Socialist are brainwashing your children and you and I MUST STOP IT! Semper Fi.

     
  7. Obviously, not just guns but any suggestion of God (except if it’s Allah, of course) are evil and people must be deterred from them by punishment for politically-correct educators.

     
  8. Pathetic!! I will never allow any man or woman on this earth tell me that I am not allowed to praise God. For this team to be disqualified for praising God is an insult to our Creator! The state should be ashamed of themselves! Absolutely unbelieveable! How does no one see the blasphemy in this??!!! Makes me sick!!

     
  9. mike diamond

    is there a video of the race???this would help us all to see what took place! but if he pointed toward heaven to give praise to GOD,like his dad said he did then the team should get to go to the state finals.

     
    • Haven’t been able to find a vid yet.

       
      • DCG, kinda funny about that too. I have been looking and nada. In this day and age of cell phone camera’s someone has it yet, no one uploads it.
        I think it further lends proof that it’s not what has been reported..

         

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