FORSYTH — John Green, a high school runner for West Forsyth, was third to cross the finish line in his state championship race. However, Green discovered that the Georgia High School Association placed him last because he wore a headband that featured a bible verse. Seriously.
The story, originally picked up by Forsyth News, has begun to make national headlines. Here’s what
On Saturday, West Forsyth’s John Green was the third runner out of 226 to cross the finish line in the Class AAAAAA state championship race at Carrollton High School. Soon after collapsing from his effort and offering, as well as receiving, high fives from opponents as they walked by the cool-down tent, Green found out he placed 226th out of 226.
The Georgia High School Association’s inconsistent enforcement of a vague, incorrigible rule is to blame for stripping Green from his greatest race in his senior season.
Green was disqualified by GHSA officials for sporting a white, plain head band with “Isaiah 40:30-31” written across the front—the same head band the Forsyth County News has photo evidence of him wearing when he was not disqualified in last year’s state meet.