December 16th, 2011
07:08 PM ET

'Tebowing' high school students suspended for blocking hallway

Two "Tebowing" high school students have been suspended for blocking the hallway while mimicking the quarterback's famous prayer pose.

The boys were two of four students to trigger a wave of some 40 students kneeling in between classes, Riverhead High School Principal David Wicks said. The students caused a safety hazard, he said. The incident was captured on a smartphone and posted to YouTube.

"It was basically just a tribute to Tim Tebow," The New York Post quoted one of the boys as saying. "It was more than a religious thing. There was some of that involved obviously, because he prays. I guess it was basically like a moment of silence."

The two students received in-school suspension because they had been warned before about pulling disruptive stunts in the middle of the hallway, Wick said. The others received a verbal warning.

"This is about students causing an unsafe situation by blocking the hallways," Wicks said. "This has nothing to do with Tim Tebow or punishing the students for their religion beliefs. If they'd been sitting in the hallway with their legs crossed they'd receive the same discipline."

Tebow mania is sweeping the nation, inspired by the Denver Broncos quarterback's overt religiosity and knack for winning despite less than stellar stats.

"I think it’s wonderful that our students look up to sports heroes such as Mr. Tebow, but we can’t allow students to create unsafe situations in school," Superintendent Nancy Carney said in a statement.

"The students stated that there was nothing religious about their actions and that they were just having fun. We hope that these students and all of our students continue to look up to the positive role models in public life; we just encourage them to do it in a responsible way."

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  1. Shon

    Based on the article and the fact that I used to be a teenager it seems these kids just wanted attention and to participate in something they thought was cool. Obviously they kids received in school suspension because they caused a hazard by blocking the hallway. If this wasn't done in a public location where no other people needed to walk by there wouldn't have been a problem. The kids choose to disobey by seer hard-headedness or they were purposely trying to make a "statement". Either way they broke the rules and in school there are rules....If this were the kids first warning/offense I woulds say giving them in-school suspension would have been too harsh, maybe giving them a verbal warning or after school detention would have made more sense. But the article clearly states these two students had already been warned. Also these kids were given in-school suspension not suspended where they were sent home. Big deal. And this is coming from someone who was a teenager four years ago.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest23

      ahhh som1 nevr had funin school

      December 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jellylee2020

      The fact that they were told repeatedly not to do it warrants suspension. I'd say it wasn't severe enough.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      They should have done it out on a highway. They really would have learned a needed lesson.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

    Great. First planking, now this.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Leather

    It rubs the lotion on its skin

    December 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    This is a non-event all the way around.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. guest23

    PROPS TO THOSE KIDS. LOL this is one of the funniest stories ive seen in a long time

    December 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris F

    They did that prank to me and my team mates in 1978. Get a grip and gripe about how schools are failing children.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. heyheyhey69

    I just finished 45 minutes of Tebowing and I feel great! I think all the students at that school should try it.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Which super guy in the sky did you pray to?

      December 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      you mean 45 minutes of flexing your elbow, put the dirty mag down.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Powell

      Eric, I notice that you have responded to this story with several posts. The reality of God obviously pushes a pretty emotional button in you. It would be worth your while to do a little honest self analysis. What past experiences may be informing your emotional reaction against God. Also, in this post you asked, "Which super guy in the sky did you pray to?" That exact same language is used thousands of times by atheists in responses to articles on CNN. Did you all go to the same seminar on how to ridicule Christians and the God we worship? Or do you all just get talking point emails? A point of advise: If you are going to dialogue with biblical Christians, you may want to educate yourself by reading a good systematic theology. We do not believe that God lives in the sky. That is a silly straw man that is not going to advance your viewpoint. We believe that the triune God is omnipresent, meaning that He is everywhere present all the time. And that includes right there with you, right now, if you happen to be reading this (or if you're not). Eric, may you sense God's presence. Quiet your heart and set aside your anger for a moment, and listen. May you hear His whispered voice in your heart. And may you come to know the love of Jesus. This one thing will change everything for you forever.

      December 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WillH85

    Dumb thing to do but a suspension, come on? I got a simple lunch detention for worse than that in high school. Get real principal.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Rules are rules, idiot.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gary Hamilton

    Fire the Administrators and Principal and get someone to replace them that cares about our youth versus themselves.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carol

    The Principle did the right thing. The kids can make their statement on their own time out on the sidewallk when school is over.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carol

    Yes, the princial can do the same thing. ;)

    December 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carol

    One more time.....the Principal did the right thing. Hard to type with a dog on your lap. :)

    December 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Easysmiles

    GOD is very upset because some idiots put words in his mouth....Once, it is a touch down, a quarterback kneeled down and “thanks God". While the other sacked the quarterback, he kneeled down and "thank God"...God keep throwing his hands up and said "I don't take side, I have nothing to do with it"... If you respect God, please stop doing those silly things...

    December 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      I dont do requests anyway...

      December 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kim

    Makes my head spin to think what the comments would be if these same students had gone on their knees and done a similar "pose" if it were in tribute to Buddha, Allah, etc etc etc. This has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with safety and disruption in a school.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Heck if they were blocking the hallway doing a recreation of praying to Mecca people on here would be crying for their heads.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Katie

    As a student, that would have really upset me if those boys were blocking the hall doing that. I just wanted to go about my day in peace and then get the "H" out of there. I hated waisting time on stupid pranks in high school. Those kinds of kids that were doing pranks or stunts such as this were always annoying to me.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
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