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‘Act of faith’ costs track team a win, trip to state championships | kvue.com Austin

‘Act of faith’ costs track team a win, trip to state championships | kvue.com Austin.

Please read this story. It is despicable to say the least.  A child can not express emotions over a victory. This is what the school district says on it’s website.

It is the goal of Columbus ISD to prepare students to be life-long learners with the ability to pursue career goals successfully.  With a joint effort between school and home, we can inspire and guide students to achieve their goals and to reach their maximum potential.  We welcome your comments and suggestions as we work together to provide exemplary educational opportunities for all children in our district.

Robert A. O’Connor

Superintendent

This unfair act does not seem to inspire and guide the students to achieve their goals and reach maximum potential. Please write or call Mr. O’Connor and express your feelings on this matter.

superintendent’s info (979) 732-5276. Superintendent: Robert O’Connor- oconnorr@columbusisd.org

Things are getting way out of hand. In on state an awards assembly was cancelled because it might make those not getting awards feel bad and now the pentagon is considering court martial of soldiers and chaplains who express or share their faith. They want to turn us into unfeeling obedient robots. We have to take our country back!!! Protect our troops and sign this petition http://www.frc.org/alert/pentagon-consultant-no-gospel-witness-for-chaplains

Thank you!

I received a response from Mr O’Connor which I will post. First let me make it clear that to me this is not an issue of religion but an issue of our freedom of expression which has been fought and died for. The war on our being able to express ourselves for fear that it might offend someone has gone too far!!! It is unfair to expect young people to act like zombies when they have just achieved a great victory. We are headed for an emotionless society where we won’t be able to express ourselves but instead blindly go through life living the rules enforced on us. You be the judge. Here are my emails and the replies.

Mr. O’Connor,
I am appalled that you would consider the young mans actions excessive celebration. Your website says: It is the goal of Columbus ISD to prepare students to be life-long learners with the ability to pursue career goals successfully.  With a joint effort between school and home, we can inspire and guide students to achieve their goals and to reach their maximum potential.  We welcome your comments and suggestions as we work together to provide exemplary educational opportunities for all children in our district.

That is a laugh. Your act is reinforcing that a victory is not something to be proud of. You are teaching them that they must take their rejoicing into the closet. The last I checked, this is still a free country. I am a military wife of almost 30 years. I have lived all over the US and the world so that my husband could fight to give this young man the right to celebrate his achievement. You have slapped me and my husband (and all of my relatives that have served) in the face. I hope you will reconsider the injustice you have done, not only to this track team, but to every military person that has given you the right to hold your position.

Thank you,

Mr. O’Connor’s reply:

The news media is quick to portray a situation as religion versus school and no one bothers to get all the facts before we snap to judgment. The fact is this is not a religious violation at all but a violation of the UIL rule against celebration and taunting which states that there will be no celebratory gestures on the track up to and including raising the arms. It is not a violation of local policy but all ISD’s are under the umbrella of the UIL and they set the rules and enforce them. Regardless of anyone’s opinion- it is a clear violation of the rule described. I personally as an adult and a father believe that we model following the rules regardless and realize that many times consequences are harsh- but do we make excuses for those and never learn from them?

Now in our case we cross the finish line and raise a finger- the rule is clear and  to the stands and to the official are they supposed to distinguish between #1 and pointing at the sky? How do they differ? Our coaches were all warned in their meetings that this would be enforced and it was passed on to our kids about no celebration until you get off to the middle of the field- that is the rule. There is a rule about taking off your jersey as well in the competition area which will get you disqualified- whether we agree with the rules is irrelevant. In fact I would say that from a religious standpoint the Lord would like the no taunting rule and following the rules in general but I do not know if he would approve of using him as a reason to violate a rule meant to teach kids how to win the right way without the need to bring attention to ourselves as individuals.

Thanks.

 cisd_cardinal2011deep_red2Robert O’Connor

             Superintendent     

             Columbus I.S.D.

My reply

I did not bring religion into my email and I am not writing about religion. I feel your rule is a violation of our freedom of expression, a freedom that has been fought and died for. I would appreciate if you would tell who at the state level is responsible for this rule.
Thank you,

His answer:

UNIVERSITY INTERSCHOLASTIC  1701 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78722
Tel: (512) 471-5883 |

Here are email address I was able to find.

Policy and Administration

Executive Director: Dr. Charles Breithaupt
Department email: director@uiltexas.org
Department fax: 512-471-5908

Deputy Director: Jamey Harrison
Email: info@uiltexas.org

Chief of Staff: Kim Carmichael
Email: cos@uiltexas.org

Director of Athletics: Dr. Mark Cousins
Department email: athletics@uiltexas.org
Department fax: 512-471-6589