Add “editor” to the job description of one Chesterfield County High School principal and assistant principal. For Manchester High School’s October 12 homecoming football game, all recognized school clubs were asked to build a float for a half-time parade and submit a short description about the float as it related to the homecoming theme and club. The theme was “In the jungle,” and the public address announcer was to read the blurbs as each float passed the stands.

The Christian Youth Fellowship entered a float and submitted the following:

“Where do you go when you are lost in the jungle? Go to the one who knows the way — and Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.’ John 14:6.”

This is what was read:

“Where do you go when you are lost in the jungle? Come to CYF and together we'll show you the way.”

The Biblical citation was censored without notifying the club or its faculty sponsor, nor was the club given a chance to rephrase it themselves. Subsequently, the principal and assistant principal owned up to the edit job. Some involved, including parents, are asking for an apology from the two because this type of unwarranted and unnecessary big brotherism has gone on there for some time (not that Manchester High School is an exception, by any means).

These may be considered unexpected lessons learned by the Christian Youth Fellowship members. But when a school administration asks its students to go through the time and effort for an elective project, then redefines the club’s self-description, they aren’t proper lessons. The principal and assistant principal could, however, provide a true lesson by apologizing immediately.