If excellence is defined by trophies, flags and personal honors, then Valor Christian High School is almost unparalleled in Colorado.
This private religious school in the Highland Ranch has won more than three dozen CHSAA state titles since it opened 14 years ago.
Its many outstanding alumni include: NFL all-professional Christian McCaffrey, international women’s football star Janine Beckie (recently won the Canadian Olympic gold medal) and PGA Tour professional Wyndham Clark.
How do we know this is possible?
Valor Christian management confirmed this almost in the following ways: a) did not explicitly deny this allegation, and b) provided a statement that this is just the school acting in accordance with its core values.
School officials confirmed to Elizabeth Hernandez of The Washington Post on Monday morning that they saw a post by Inoke on Facebook, which revealed that “he may not support Valor’s beliefs about sex and marriage.”
Since Valor Christian’s faculty, staff, and volunteer leaders must agree to and adhere to these beliefs in their daily lives in order to be part of the school community, it is only natural that Tonga was forced to resign.
Or, as Valor management said to The Post: After meeting with Inoke, the coach told them that he did not support Valor’s beliefs and resigned from his position.
Let’s put it another way: When asked to deny the impossible situation of who he is (homosexual), Inoke refused and left the position of love he expressed.
As a private religious institution, legal precedent shows that Valor has the right to define expectations for its community.But it should be noted that the mention of “sex” or “marriage” is zeroCultural literature“Posted on Valor Christian’s website-a 24-page manifesto that defines the school’s ethics.
There are many discussions about “leadership”, “character” and “integrity”.
This makes Grading the Week staff want to know: Where are these values this week? (Or, the school allegedly did the same thing to former women’s hockey coach Lauren Benner two years ago, a gay woman.)
The only leaders we can find are members of student groups who went out to protest on Tuesday.
Lucy Sarkissian, a 16-year-old courage student, told Hernandez of The Washington Post, “As a person called to love others like God, my duty is to speak out against prejudice and stand up.”
The school’s response: Curiously sent a team of leaf blowers to the edge of the campus, and at the same time these students expressed their support for Tonga across the street.
Because obviously leadership involves drowning out opposition in a cartoonish and ineffective way.
“Valor Christian High School embraces, loves and respects all students, families and other participants in our community, regardless of whether they agree with Valor’s beliefs,” Valor Christian wrote in a statement this week.
Embracing them so much that they force them to deny their true self.
Love them so much that they refuse to listen to their worries.
Respect them so much that they told them to leave.