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. mfx3

    They, like Tebow, should be suspended. Keep it in church fellas. Thanks for playing.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      It is a students right to pray in school, courts have upheld that for decades. it is not a students right to DISRUPT school. Christians need to understand that.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foxy

      This is a crazy comment. I believe in freedom of religion, I believe in the freedom on non-religion, i believe in the freedom for you to be able to say things like keep it at home, but I also believe in the freedom for people to not keep it at home. If our culture were to take your one comment seriously all of these rights would be wiped away. Even your ability to make a comment like that.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Maybe the Russians were right, perhaps we need to stop out religion. What tools.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • wreames

      Robert, it wasn't the average Russian (or those they conquered) that wanted to stomp out religion, it was the communist leaders. That only lasted a few short decades and now that communism is gone the people are flocking back to church. Why? because I think most people have an unexplainable need to find God in their lives. and i don't think its ignorance, i have a Bachelor of Science Degree and the more I see in life, the more I beleive in a higher power.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • csam18

      At first I thought it said "Suspended for teabagging".

      December 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Whoopdeedoo

    Y'all need to lighten up. Drop the religion vs anti-religion and stop freaking out over harmless stunts. Yeah, they were warned, but the school admins need to lighten up to.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      They were told not to do something, and they did it anyway. In a few years, these kids will be out in the workforce: if they can't follow simple instructions now, how do you expect them to when it really counts? Kick their arrogant asses out.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. C.Sean

    Those who block the hall should be suspended..Those who block the hall while praying should not be allowed to attend any public school in the U.S.A., until they publicly admit, prayer is a mistake...Funny, right? Probably what some of you people think the left want's...Actually we just want you to pray somewhere else at school, just not in the hall, so you're not in our way, and we can get to class on time, and learn.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in WNY

      Ironically if instead they were going a rap about killing cops out beating "Ho's" nothing would likely have happened to them but they acted like they were praying so they must be punished!

      December 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.Sean

      You failed to read my full post cause I didn't say no prayer at school, only pray somewhere else, not in the hall, in my way, trying to get to class on time. If you were singing rap I would say the same too....

      December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WDinDallas

    Good, prayer should be in schools. It was the founding fathers!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.Sean

      Not sure where the founding fathers said pray in school but we let just about everything else go there so if you can not be disruptive..go for it man.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Houston Man

      You need to go back and relearn your history. Our founding fathers were largely Deists.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Where does it say that?

      December 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corwin7

      IT says that pretty much everywhere except Faux News...of course every single other source is part of the "liberal conspiracy" right?

      December 17, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. whynot

    Maybe the school should have a Tebow room for Christian prayer – like they do for the Muslims – let all the students
    pray – they could even have a room for athiests for those that don't want to say thank you to anyone -maybe a tree in the middle that they could hug – no problem – lets accomodate everyone.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • UMeat

      Religion = ignorance

      December 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whoopdeedoo

      Atheists = Intolerable Narcissists

      December 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      Yes, let's pray to Tim Tebow.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.Sean

      Lets let the Christians go to a separate "special" school for the mentally impaired..there they can pray for a clue, all day long...have faith, you will learn! or if you do not like that, maybe a spin in the shower with Sandusky will do it for you red staters'.

      December 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lynne

    I think a couple hundred people quoting Matthew is enough, don't you think? We get it.

    I'm a teacher, and whether these kids were praying or not is not the issue. The concern here is that they were physically causing a blockage in a hallway that hundreds of students need to use. This means classes starting late, confusion, and a generall pain in the a– for everyone involved. If the students had been warned, they deserve the punishment. Praying is fine (and I remain not at ALL convinced that had ANY part of what they were doing), but their choice of locale was NOT.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      general, sorry. Typing fast doesn't pay, kiddos.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      THANK YOU – well put.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.Sean

      Right on.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |

    Two over-reactions don't make a right.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 2011cnn2011

    I am a Christian, and I believe in separation of church and state...the ones in public praying are usually the biggest phonies of all.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |

    in the words of the great Mitch Hedberg "if you're flammable and have legs you are never blocking a fire exit"

    December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pickels

    Why is this even in the news.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. maximo

    No one cares what you post here. You're all stupid for thinking your posts are changing/winning minds. HAHAHAAHAA!!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |

      I didn't realize that, thanks for helping me understant.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOhnnyBoyJoJO

      Same to ya' !

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

      Wait ... that means you're wrong ... now I'm just confused ... wait, now you have me confused ... your comment is really messing with my mind. I guess these comments CAN affect someone.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DJ

    Publicity will make this spread like a wildfire. These administrators just lit the fire.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JOhnnyBoyJoJO

    Come on ! It's harmless enough. If they were warned before about 'stunts' in school, then, they had their chance and blew it. Whether they were true in their intentions, we sure won't know. Crazy Kids !

    December 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lee

    I think it is kind of ironic with all this praying. Jesus taught us not to pray in places to be seen by everyone else as the hypocrits do.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • nwatcher

      ...but He did not say not to pray in public – just don't do it with the intent to try and impress people with your prayers when they know you are a no-good lying, stealing, cheating, pharisee. Doesn't really fit the Tebow most people know now does it?

      December 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corwin7

      Yeah sounds pretty much Tebow spot on to me.

      December 17, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
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