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. JeffinIL

    Crimony. Now that the Boomers are in charge, they are far worse than they ever made "the MAN" to be.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jackson

    Punishment is getting out of control with these kids. No harm, no foul. Whatever happened to that?

    December 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Disobedience is a "foul". Get serious.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Sounds like a harmless prank to me. Suspension is pretty extreme...

      December 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Would you feel the same if they pulled out their prayer rugs and faced Mecca in silent prayer to Allah?

      December 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Weldon Gebhard

    Is it Tebowing or OWS ing or OHW ing.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Flooby

    Pretty funny. As an adult I understand now that the suspension is just a payment for being a pain in the @ss. They should really be doing the Lambeau Leap.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stupidity

    This is the age that kids need to know when to stop when told to stop. If you dont listen to warning, you pay.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nyker4657984

    Remember kids - everything is cool until you bring religion into it. Then it's automatically dumb.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whoopdeedoo

      Nothing's cooler than ridiculing others and asserting your own superiority

      December 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. realtalker

    I think it's a bit harsh but I don't like the idea of students behaving so rediculously either. What point were they trying to make?

    December 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      It appears they were just trying to be disruptive. Filming something funny to put on Youtube. They had been disruptive before and were verbally warned not to do it again. They did it again. I don't see an in-school suspension as too harsh in that case...maybe a detention for this time and then the suspension on the thrid offense? ~shrug~

      December 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The were trying to make the point that school should be a place where people learn to spell "ridiculous" instead of blocking the hallways with overtly religious displays.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Darth Cheney

    We all know God has a comfy couch in heaven with a super wide-screen 3D TV and is munching nachos and drinking Keystone Light while he roots for his favorite team, the Denver Broncos. His son Jesus is more of a Packers guy. The Holy Ghost still misses the old Baltimore Colts. They invite Satan up once a year – his team, of course, is Oakland, and now that Al Davis is with him they hang out a lot.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Harry

    I got suspended a couple times in Highschool for dumb stuff. I got to hang out and play video games all day. The humanity of it all!

    December 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Grey

    This is a non-issue. If you think they should be suspended, do me a favor and punch yourself in the face.
    I hate society more and more with each passing day.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. drc

    Please, a fire hazard, yes if the fire alarm rang at this exact moment what mayhem would ensue. Sorry, but if a muslim student rolled out his/her prayer pad in the hallway to prayer one of their 10 times a day and blocked the hallways and got a warning to NOT do so and got suspended, guess what, the ACLU would be all over this.

    Its a joke, up there with suspending kids in California for wearing an American Flag t-shirt on cinco de mayo because it offended the Mexican students.

    Double standards and hypocrisy in the looney liberal world.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Oh, Really?

    Just another shining example of secular left wing bigotry.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stymie

    Some sheeple are just dumb.

    December 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ivan

    A brat should be dealt with period. Bounce them off the well and kick them out!

    December 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    Can we also suspend the school administrators for being so dumb? I find it had to believe that they couldnt work something out with the students so they were not blocking traffic. Do they also suspend fat kids and teachers for blocking the hall?

    December 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
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