Tebow Bill Working Way Through The General Assembly

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Home-schooled students may be allowed to play sports in Virginia Public Schools if a bill passes the General Assembly.

Kirk Rygol Jr. wears the number 12 jersey for the Broadway Gobblers, but his dad Kirk Rygol Sr. said he would not be on the field if he was not in a public school.

"It was tough. We are okay with the decision we had. It would have been nice to have the option to have him stay at home," said the elder Rygol.

The younger Rygol used to be home-schooled through seventh grade.

The elder Rygol hoped a bill in 2012 would allow his son to play football while being home-schooled, but it did not pass the Senate.

"He's very talented and time's ticking if we keep waiting then he would just be sitting on the sidelines. He would be cheering as opposed to playing," said the elder Rygol.

The Tebow Bill is on the table again and passed the House of Delegates on Thursday, but some parents, like Lomus Grace, hopes it doesn't go further.

"It's not fair. You play sports to represent your school. In my opinion if you're home you're not satisfied with what's going on at the school," said Grace.

He said it could even make it hard for home-schooled students to feel part of the team.

"I don't care how good he is, you know you're gonna have somebody who's gonna be down on him, so that might hurt him in the long run. Especially if there is a game on the line," said Grace.

"If we did not choose to enroll him he would be very sad, I think," said the elder Rygol.

This bill has passed house before, but it has stalled in the Senate.

This is, at least, the fourth year in a row it has been introduced.

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