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. Sparky91

    Can't wait for Tebow to get out of the news....

    December 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vince

      I'll bet...who wants some athlete praying in public...the nerve of him... I guess if he were saying he were gay after every game people would be praising him for being so brave to say that while playing such a rough sport and how it would help so many people be unafraid to come out...oh thank you for standing up Tim and admitting you're gay...I could hear people saying that...but oh no...he's a Christian...standing up for his beliefs and folks are tripping. Like Christians are the ONLY people who can't say or talk about their beliefs in public...any other religion any other way of life is cool...but as soon as it's Christianity...people trip...why does he have to say that all the time...what the heck is wrong with him...we don't want to hear that all the time...funny how people do that...

      December 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      I don't personally care what he does but his ideals are way off, why would you pray for your team to do well while playing a game that is one of the symbols of American consumerism? Am I wrong or are the values we attach to God really wrong? Why would god care about a football game? I would understand if he were praying for world piece but what he does is a joke and an insult to the idea of Jesus/God.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven is my name and it's MY island

      Vince, you're spot on and I don't even like Tebow. He is not a good QB.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Notamuslim

      @Richard you seem to be under a wrong impression here. The quarterback these kids are emulating is not praying to win he is giving thanks to God for letting have what he has. Appreciation not begging. You should learn the difference.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Flavius Claudius Julianus Augustus

    "It was basically just a tribute to Tim Tebow,"

    Ah, modern Christianity: where would it be without it's foolish idolatry?

    December 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • GauisJulius

      Tebow wasn't practicing idolatry, and these kids were just acting foolish. Your ridiculous statement sounds like it is from a liberal mindframe. I can tell because liberal comments are usually hateful, as they insult Christians for being hateful.. Strange hypocrisy, yep...but welcome to liberal America!

      December 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • where

      exactly where we are now, idolizing wealth and power

      December 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Exactly, we as Americans have really stupid ideas about what God wants for us. I'm pretty sure it's got nothing to do with Money or football games.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jsallison

    This is ridiculous. Suspended for kneeling in the hallway? What a fooked up world we live in.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Don't pretend you know the whole story. They certainly didn't tell it here. For all any of us know, these kids deserved as much or more.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • schubb

      Since you didn't read the article....

      "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."

      December 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guest

    Monkey see, monkey do.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ninja Food

    Tim Tebow is like david hasselhoff - the real antichrist. "Allah Akbar!!"

    December 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Guest480

    Anyone who has been in a crowded school hallway during class changes knows it doesn't take much to seriously upset the smooth flow of traffic and cause others to trip or fall into someone else. There IS a safety issue here, especially since the "Tebowers" are below eye level for those walking along. If students are warned to avoid disruptive behavior and they repeat the behavior anyway, disciplinary action should be taken. It doesn't matter what they are doing on their knees.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jenni

    i just care about them fiiiine ass black football playas.i dun know who telbow is but if he black send him my way LOL

    December 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris L

    Umm am I the only one that went to a school in the 90’s and 2000’s? for you folks in here remembering when school was in the 80’s or further back… my school career involved memories of columbine, threats of bombs, and class shootings… at my school if we were to stand in the hallway for more than the time it took to get your books from a locker you were likely to be written up and given detention after 3 detentions you got ISS (In School Suspension) and after one of those if you still did what you were suppose to do you were suspended (like these kids… told not to obstruct but they still do)… these kids are just trying to buck the system hiding behind religious overtones ... not only that but what would you say if they were muslim praying in the hallway? .... god forbid if that day someone went all 'i hate mondays' on the school and they were obstructing a hall people use as an exit... i say good for the school i dont care what your religion is... dont mean you get any special treatment.... get up and get to class

    December 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Poor Richard

    No one our kids do so poorly in school. Their teachers have no common sense and over react to everything – except of course the fact that they cannot teach.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matt

    I'm wonering why this warranted suspension? Were the students asked to move? Were they threatened with detention first? Why did this go straight to suspension?

    December 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • schubb

      RTFA:

      "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."

      December 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TAK

    Instead of suspending them I'd make them take every science class the school has to offer. Maybe that would knock some sense into them.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chester

    The teachers and Principals are definitely not Broncos fans. I bet you the Principal was wearing a Urlacher jersey when he suspended them LOL.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. schubb

    Can those of you complaining about the "excessiveness" read?

    "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."

    December 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Richard

    My first question is why would god, jesus or whatever care that a football game is won or lost? Just the same I'm pretty sure God doesn't care if you win an Emmy, Tony or MTV music award. So all of you super A**holes stop thanking god anytime you win something that doesn't include human peace, a fulfilled soul, or helping someone else. I hate it, it's one of the worst things people do in sports and television. God doesn't care if you're rich, I'm pretty sure he's not about the money, fame, or the sports but maybe I'm crazy.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • REEKO

      God loves rich people because they're job creators.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Notamuslim

      @Richard Get off it man you can't tell people when to pray and when no to and you certainly can't dictate what the pray so let it go. You can pray to god without bowing in a hallway or holding your hands just so. In fact you can pray to gad without even moving your lips. Why you hate prayer is beyond me but if you think your rant against every person who has ever publically given thanks to God will find support all I can say is it's not coming from my state.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. REEKO

    They should do a tribute to Marion Barber.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
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