Teen starts petition to close schools Jan. 13

If one Central Ohio teenager has his way, school will be canceled on January 13. (NBC4i Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (NBC4i) – If one Central Ohio teenager has his way, school will be canceled on January 13.

On January 12, the Ohio State Buckeyes are scheduled to play the Oregon Ducks in college football’s, national championship game. Knowing the game will likely run late, Jack Hendrix, 15, has begun a change.org petition, calling on Ohio Governor John Kasich to cancel classes, the next day. The petition reads as follows:

“As you know, our beloved Ohio State Buckeyes defeated top ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. This victory puts the Buckeyes in the National Championship against Oregon on Monday, January 12. The game is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 pm. In 2013, the average duration of a collegiate football game was 3:20. This makes the expected ending time for the game around midnight. Not to mention the extra commercials that are added because of the magnitude of the game and the trophy presentation after the Buckeyes undoubtedly come out victorious.

“Many Ohioan students will watch this game no matter what. Here’s the issue; the game is on a school night. Students will be too tired to learn the next day. I am proposing a statewide school closing on Tuesday, January 13. This will allow students to rest and be ready to engage in classroom activities on Wednesday, January 14. This decision would be widely accepted throughout the state and would make the game much more enjoyable for students to watch.”

The petition, according to Hendrix, has received both positive and negative feedback. He, however, is hopeful the governor will both see and act on it.

“He likes to think for his citizens and I think that this could work,” Hendrix said. “I think this has the potential to [succeed]. It just needs the support from the citizens.”

Anyone interested in signing the petition can find it here.

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