Local reaction to Tim Tebow Bill

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PLEASANTS COUNTY, W. Va. (WTAP) - The Tim Tebow Bill, which would allow home-schooled students to participate for sports teams in public schools, was passed through the West Virginia State Senate.

A local home-school parent, and pastor, is highly supporting the bill's passage.

Pastor Scott McGraw believes that home-schooled children, in the Mid-Ohio Valley in particular, do not get a fair chance to play public school sports.

"I would like my child to have the opportunity, and that's what he likes," said Scott McGraw, Pastor at the First Baptist Church in Belmont, W. Va. "When you get to middle school and especially in high school, and you're in these rural communities such as we are, there is very little, if any, opportunity for them to participate in these types of sports. You may say, 'well, you know, just make a home school sport.' Well, I believe, in Ritchie County, they have 20 home schooled kids, and so it's not possible."

McGraw also stated that he does not see any arguments against the bill's passage.

It is scheduled to go through the West Virginia House before the end of the legislative session.