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#1 Hum

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 21:20

A Whitley County student athlete says it would have gone against her religious beliefs to run with the race number '6-6-6'. She and her coach tried to get her a different number, and were told they could not.

Nerves over the race turned to frustration for Whitley County High School junior Codie Thacker because of a different number. It would have been her third time running this race. "I've trained since June for this race," she said.

And if she won the regional, it would have been her first time competing for the state championship. "I was so nervous I thought about it all week," said Thacker.

Cross country coach Gina Croley knows her students, so when she pulled the number assigned to Thacker, she knew there might be a problem. "I saw it and I was like, 'whoa,'" she said. "I don't think she will wear that number."

"666" is, according the the bible, the mark of the beast. Thacker couldn't bring herself to run while wearing "666" because of her faith. So, she and her coach tried to get a different number. They asked three different officials. They were told no three different times.

"I didn't want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number," said Thacker.

A spokesperson with Kentucky High School Athletic Association told LEX 18 it wasn't brought to their attention that the request was because of religious beliefs, adding that if they knew, they would have changed the number.

For those who know Thacker, it's easy to believe what happened next. "I told them to mark out my name because it makes me sick just thinking that my name is associated with that number," she said.

There won't be any more races for Thacker this season. She's now focused on next year, ready to keep running without running away from her beliefs.

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#2 +techbeck

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 21:23

It is a number.  Don't be stupid.  Guess its already to late.



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 21:35

A spokesperson with Kentucky High School Athletic Association told LEX 18 it wasn't brought to their attention that the request was because of religious beliefs, adding that if they knew, they would have changed the number.


Aside from the superstition, my bull**** meter went off here. What exactly did they think the basis of the complaint was?

#4 arachnoid

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 21:57

I am not a number

 

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#5 Juddy

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:50

Aside from the superstition, my bull**** meter went off here. What exactly did they think the basis of the complaint was?


I agree. This is stupid as hell, but what other reason did they think the objection was being raised over.

#6 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:02

What a twit.  666 isn't even the "right" number!



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:14

I agree. This is stupid as hell [...]

Was it intentional? Anyway, I laughed :p



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:16

She stood up for her beliefs, and I am not going to be one who tears that down. :/



#9 Tha Bloo Monkee

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:33

She stood up for her beliefs, and I am not going to be one who tears that down. :/

 

She ruined the rest of her season over a number...



#10 Shiranui

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:02

What an idiot.

We assign numbers to staff IDs at work (just so we are listed in order of rank....)
Numbers for other staff range from 001 to 050, but guess which 3-digit number I assigned myself.

#11 arachnoid

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:29

Well if your on the help desk it would be 911 :D



#12 Salty Wagyu

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:01

Well, it's a valid enough complaint. Even some houses in the UK have "13" excluded from the numbering.



#13 +Nik L

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:05

People have vaguely irrational associations with numbers, I hardly call that stupid.

 

I did note though, I live in number 13, and generally you don't get a house number 13.



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:17

They should have at least respected her beliefs and found her another number.

 

Disclaimer: I am not a religious person, but I do respect other peoples beliefs and opinions.   



#15 Soldiers33

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:37

What a twit.  666 isn't even the "right" number!

how is it not the right number? It clearly states that 666 will be his mark.





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