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this is a discussion within the Everything Else Community Forum; Of the likely places for a debate over religious free expression to erupt, a Texas high school track and field meet probably wasnít high on the list. Remarkably, thatís precisely where one athleteís reactionary gesture has led to a broader ...

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Old 05-06-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
 
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Texas teen points to heavens, gets 4◊100 relay squad banned from state championships

Of the likely places for a debate over religious free expression to erupt, a Texas high school track and field meet probably wasnít high on the list.
Remarkably, thatís precisely where one athleteís reactionary gesture has led to a broader discussion about what is appropriate at public school events, after a Columbus (Texas) High relay team was disqualified for one of their memberís heavenward gesture. The incident occurred in Columbus, where the track and field team was hosting a meet with the goal of qualify athletes for the state championship meet later in May.



As first reported by Houston CBS affiliate KHOU, the schoolís 4x100-meter relay squad achieved just that in winning its race decisively. The anchor of that 4x100 squad was junior Derrick Hayes, who ran a particularly blazing split and celebrated the teamís state qualification with a simple finger point to the heavens.
The gesture is a common one in sports -- remember Sammy Sosa or Barry Bonds after breaking the single season home run record? -- but on this occasion, it was deemed to have run afoul of a University Interscholastic League (UIL) regulation barring excessive celebration.
Once officials at the Columbus meet determined that Hayes had violated the excessive celebration rules, the entire 4x100-meter squad was disqualified and effectively barred from the state championships. The team will not get another chance to qualify for the meet.

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:19 AM   #2
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Re: Texas teen points to heavens, gets 4◊100 relay squad banned from state championships

Talk about the punishment not being on par with the "crime".
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Or a crime even being committed.

First he was disqualified for a "religious gesture", now it's excessive celebration.

All for sticking a finger in the air.... Not in someone's face, or chest.... Nothing uttered... Just a finger in the air. Some cultures know that as a gesture for #1. If he just won he would indeed be #1.
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Does that mean they will take Usain Bolt's world records away? That is totally ridiculous.
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Are you flipp'en kidding me.
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What will they do to the guy in the stands with one of these?

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