Student starts petition to close school after Ohio State plays in championship

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Jack Hendrix wants Ohio Gov. John Kasich to cancel school so students statewide can stay up and watch the Buckeyes.

COLUMBUS, Ohio- The countdown is on until Jan. 12.

That is when the Ohio State Buckeyes will play the Oregon Ducks in college football’s first ever College Football Playoff National Championship.

“What we are asking for is the day off on Tuesday, January 13th,” said Jack Hendrix, 15, of Columbus.

The game is on a school night so Hendrix, a sophomore at Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, took matters into his own hands.

“I started a change.org petition, calling on Gov. John Kasich to cancel classes the next day. It’s because Ohio State plays Oregon the night before.  The game starts at 8:30.  Average time of a football game is three hours and 20 minutes.  And that takes you to midnight.  That’s not including the commercials or halftime show or post game trophy presentation,” Hendrix said.

Hendrix said most likely, everyone will stay up to watch the Buckeyes win.

“We asked the governor for the day off statewide.  The response has been mixed,” Hendrix said.

There was both positive and negative response to the petition Monday at Ginn Academy’s High School basketball practice.

“Yes, I agree because I think we should all get together and root for our team,” said Damiuan Flowers, a student at Cleveland’s Ginn Academy. ” We won’t be on time for school and we’ll be all sleepy because we were watching the game.”

“No.  Watch the game until mom and dad tell you to go to bed.  And then you rest after school the next day. That’s how that goes,” said coach Robert McQueen.

Meantime, Hendrix said the amount of signatures only continues to grow. The goal is 25,000 signatures.

You can sign the petition here.

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