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. Michelle

    ... they knelt down in the hallway and got SUSPENDED?!

    Next people will be suspended for blinking while walking, because they could accidentally run into someone in those 2.5 miliseconds without sight. ... But most kids still can't spell.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • EatYouAlive

      The blocked the whole hallway and had been warned. So what?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichieP

      No, it's because they were warned before about being disruptive and they did it anyway. This is a school, not park. They have rules, just as they should.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pffff

      Nice hyperbole. Did you know that only a couple were suspended because they repeatedly did this after being told not to be disruptive? Probably not, you just like to comment on headlines instead.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty J.

      They should just follow the rules! Hear that OWS?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.Sean

      The only thing blocking the hallway and blinking in the hallway have in common is the fact they begin with the letter b. If they wanna protest go join the "Occupy Movement" they can be as disruptive as they wish there.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      Please go back and read the article again. These kids were warned not do it in the middle of the hallway and they went ahead and did it anyway. Please, if you want to push garbage go post at Fox News

      December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bdgfn

    If these kids had been sitting on the floor with their arms and legs locked, that could be considered a safety hazard. Kids kneeling in a prayer pose is not. Big difference.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • EatYouAlive

      They blocked the hallway on purpose. The end.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Please

      WHY? If they're in the middle of the damn hallway blocking traffic, who gives a crap what pose they're in. You're ridiculous.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pffff

      Why do people think kids in school have the freedom to do whatever they want even if they're being disruptive. They don't, they need to get their butts to class and goof off AFTER school.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      Please ignore this hyperbole silliness, if these guys were muslim laid out their prayer rugs and said their prayers right there in the hallway, there would be no protest about kids getting suspended. This has nothing to do w/religion, but school safety, save your hyperbole for the 700 club

      December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    Keep YOUR religoin out of MY schools.

    Stupid attention seeking punks.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • EatYouAlive

      Keep ALL religion out of ALL schools.

      Schools are to educate, not indoctrinate.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whoopdeedoo

      Keep your anti-religion relgion out of schools as well.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pffff

      I don't want religion in schools either, but that's not what it's about. They were just being dumb and disruptive. Calm down, and remember to read the story comprehensively before commenting.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      First and foremost there not your school every American pays taxes so the school belongs to all tax payers in which state they reside in. I'm tired of the anti-religion folks tell Christian we don't have the right to express our faith if you don't like don't look or walk away this isn't just your country. This country was founded on religion I hate to tell you folk that. The anti-religion folks won’t stop until they can close every church in this country and I really getting tired of it, If you choose not to believe then don’t believe but stop trying to push your beliefs or view on other. I'm a Christian I believe pray should be allowed in schools when I was in school we could pray and I'm not talk back in the 60's I graduated in 1999. Pray is very import to people and they should be allowed to pray regardless of where they are. This really looks like a stunt not prayer.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corwin7

      Hey Roger...you might spend a little more time studying history and less time praying in the school you are so defensive about. Our country was based on British law which was based on The Magna Carta or in other words...yep...Roman law. The LAWS our country were founded on also included the freedom of religion as well as the freedom FROM religious persecution which is what you freaking fanatical theolocratists seem to have trouble understanding. Just because we tolerate you does NOT mean we intend to let you start BURNING people at the stake for witchcraft again...get over it and deal.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • PulTab

      You graduated in 1999 Roger? The quality of your writing is a sad testament to the quality of education in this country.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      WHY is the even a discussion about religion in schools? Just because you are mimicking a player who WAS praying when he did that, does not mean YOU are. "Tebowing" is an internet trend, popular on facebook and youtube. Last time I checked, it was not the newest Christian denomination. This was not religious, it was teenage boys being annoying as only teenage boys know how to do.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Deserved It

    If they had been warned to not block the hallways, they deserve the suspension. Tebow on your own time. The kids were clearly pushing the boundaries knowingly and got busted for it. Time to grow up and act responsible.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lilith

    "... Denver Broncos quarterback's overt religiosity and knack for winning ..." Someone mistakenly put a "T" after the word "over" in that sentence.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ben

    Sheesh! At the first signs of a fire, don't you think these four kids would be inspired enough to unblock the hallway? No wonder why people who go into the education field have the lowest GRE scores among all the fields.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • EatYouAlive

      Why should they be allowed to block the hallway.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty J.

      Why should OWS be allowed to block others' access to public property?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I could see ample space around even between the students where I could walk.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    Wow, I'm so glad I'm not in school anymore. It sucks worse now than it did when i was there. At least you could pray at school if wanted and not have it called causing an unsafe situation. Shoving the little gansta wanna be's in lockers... now that made a unsafe situation lol

    December 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corwin7

      Hey Bob...so your saying you were one of the jocks that currently enjoy banging ten year old boys in the locker room shower? Yeah you probably OUGHT to get in a much praying time as possible buddy.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marty J.

    They should just conform to the socialist edicts or be sent to the Gulag!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corwin7

      So when exactly did being asked to move from one class to the next without screwing around in the hall become a "socialist edict"?!?! Frakin repubs can make ANYTHING about socialism...unless it's pampering thier rich masters or saving them from thier own deeply flawed policies (see Bush Administration) and then socialism is ok...

      December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chris

    Do these kids go to Loser Senior High or something?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    I just wanted to get to class but I had to tebow or whatever first. Lazy kids should get back to class.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SoSickofAmerica

    Keep your invisible sky wizard and your zombie jew to yourselves

    December 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whoopdeedoo

      Keep your anti-religion with your explosion-based universe and self worship to yourself.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bob

    Ive said it before I'll say it again. We are a nation drowning in rules/regulations and laws. We must rolled back the rules/regulations/laws, or it won't stop. Join me. .p a p a r a z z i n c . c o m

    December 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corwin7

      I'm suprised to see your still here instead of moving off to where you imagined a paradise awaits...Somalia has no rules for regulations for the last 20 years now...have a nice trip.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fnslwhnd

    Quit making this about religion. The kids themselves say it wasn't. If this article was about any other kind of posture blocking the hallways, it wouldn't even BE an article. Kid's sitting in the hall just isn't news fodder. How about we all quit wasting our time getting upset about this kind of junk and actually get upset about the things we as Christians are called to care about?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corwin7

      You can just forget that dude...the last real christian left the building a long time ago when the church leadership sold out to the republican leadership. Or did you honestly think they gave a crap about abortions and gays? Christians are now just republicans with an inferiority complex...they specialize in pointing out and being mortally offended by "other peoples" sins. How else could they support what amounts to mass murder based on bearing false witness in Iraq and still think god loves us because we put "under god" in the pledge and on our dollars?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yourmom

    If a school administrator warns you not to do something and you do it anyway you have to punish then or you use all credibility. I would have made then clean the bathrooms for a week though.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tebowing

    bdgfn–kneeling in the hallway is still an obstacle... I've prayed in school, but when I do it, I move to the side for this very reason. I don't need to be in someone's way. This was just a "funny" prank. Anyone who has attended a high school for four years can see this. And it was an in-school suspension... think of it as detention.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
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