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. BL

    It's incredibly childish and immature to think any of these activities has anything to do with spirituality. Real spirituality comes from within, based on serious and determined self inquiry. Religion is facade, dogma, ritual, mythology and hierarchy.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pointless1

      My cat eats its own poop.... Just like faith.. if you keep at it after awhile you just don't notice the shlt your swallowing....

      December 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • echopolitics

      It is incredibly stupid to think that these kids' actions have anything to do with faith. If it is not obvious to you that they are mocking Tebow, you have some serious issues

      December 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom A.

      Pointless- I guess you advertise what your posts are going to be like, so that we don't even have to read them= THANK YOU!

      December 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rizzo

    why is this news?

    December 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. keith

    So, some stupid kids blocked a busy school hallway and got suspended for it. I don't care if they were "Tebowing" or doing the moonwalk, if they were being disruptive then the punishment is justified. Of course the religious-right will jump all over this because being over reactionary is kind of their thing.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      I dont see anyone from the "religious-right" up in arms. It seems as if you are pointing the finger at the wrong person....try looking in the mirror. Maybe the religious-right is getting tired of people like you who drag them through the mud for something they havent done.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I doubt the "religious right" would defend these young's right to make a mockery of religion.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • original keith

      So when you do see people from the ultra conservative persuasion jump at the opportunity to use this for their political advantage you will be the first one on here to chastise them, correct? I give it about a day and a half before this is plastered up on world net daily.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      "Maybe the religious-right is getting tired of people like you who drag them through the mud for something they havent done'

      So this doesn't involve religion at all? Wow!

      December 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • YBP

      It's clearly part of the War on Christmas, just like the repeal of DADT.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      again you miss the point.....you and many others have ALREADY brought this up...BEFORE the right has even responded. Your powers to see the future are amazing.....can you tell what I'm thinking???? if you could you would know what a moron.......I'm sure you know the rest

      December 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.C.

      Mocking christians by "Tebowing" would draw support from the "religious right"? Think about that for a few more seconds.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • original keith

      On Drudge right now there is a story concerning a school district who is not allowing students to bring in snacks that have a high amount of sugar in them, in an attempt to only have healthy meals eaten. Drudge is reporting it as a ban on Christmas cookies. So yes, the religious right will spin this for their own political purposes.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steven

    So do students receive suspension when they drop books and have to kneel down to pick them up???

    December 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • humanbean

      Thanks for your contribution of the d u m b e s t analogy of the day.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest480

      If they repeatedly "drop" their books "accidently-on purpose", in the main flow of traffic, maybe so.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      humanbean,

      Well said. You are correct.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ezra

      Um..your joking, right?

      December 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Really?!

    Maybe schools should focus less on a harmless, peaceful, innocent fun and concentrate more on stopping bullies and crazy shooting plots .... where is our education headed?!

    December 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Where is education headed when people like you apparently support those who disobey school authorities?

      December 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • humanbean

      And maybe these kids should concentrate more on what they're there for, which is learning. Let's face it (well you probably won't), the only reason why they did this is to draw attention to themselves in hope that they could draw the ire of the "haters of religion." And then they could cry about how "God's not allowed in the schools anymore," and "they're trying to take our right to worship away from us."

      December 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • dea2

      Blocking hallways so other kids can't get by safely is a form of bullying, or at least a total disregard for anyone else who wants to get to class safely and on time.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom A.

      Humanbean- your giving these guys WAAAAYYYYY too much credit for the rationale behind this plan. This was not nearly as much social commentary as it is sophmoric humor & attempting to draw attention to the for a quick laugh- it happened before with other stunts they pulled- that's why they got suspended.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gw

    People who are sincerely religious often display their religious beliefs quietly and by their acts. In fact, for Christians, there is a biblical admonition against being overly public in the display of your religious practices. Most seriously religious people don't make a public sanctimonious and self-righteous display of their religious practices. This prank does make fun of the sanctimonious display of prayer.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      It's amazing how many people are lining up to insult this guy. So, GW...where exactly do you get YOUR information. I guess you didnt know that his been on numerous mission trips....that while other athletes were off partying the offseason, he was helping the poor....building schools....and helping them with the basics of life. I can see where you would say he is posturing (Sarcastic). He is leading his life quitely. The fact that others view his life as an example is not something he can control.....and i doubt he would change the way he acts regard of how others feel

      December 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • humanbean

      Keith, he is not leading his life "quietly." Yeah, he's done some great things, and so have many many other people in this world who don't seek attention for it, and who go unaccounted for. Every time I see the guy he's looking up at the sky giving thanks for a football play. I don't think that God really cares two squats about his football game. Essentially he's grandstanding, and I think that his bible has a thing or two to say about that.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • GW

      Kieth, I'm sure Mr. Tebow is a good person who help others. And, I don't for one minute doubt the intensity and sincerity of his religious beliefs. But, I do know many other people who have silently prayed during tremendous personal tragedies and make no display of their sincere religious beliefs. Mathew 6:6 mentions that you should pray in your closet, quietly and Mathew 6:18 warns that if you fast, others shouldn't know it. And, often the most generous people are totally unknown to the rest of us.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • humanbean

      Amen GW! Well said!

      December 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Emmersome Bigguns

    I say we do what Obama's people do and give them 500 lashes for mocking Mohammad
    !

    December 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bosmonkey

      Obama's people? You're an idiot just like these kids.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      bosmonkey,

      You are SO right! Here we've seen another massive failure for our educational system.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    What kind of Nazi school is this?

    December 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Me

    Clearly these young men still have some growing up to do. Not for making fun of religion, but for blocking the hallway. They had been warned, now they must suffer the consequences.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rjw

    if they were muslim... would they still be suspended

    December 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anchorite

      Are you THAT out of touch that you think this country likes Muslims and hates Christians? The victim is the persecutor in your mind. Wow. Kansas is the most discriminatory state and always against Jews, Muslims, and atheists in the schools.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sunsohot

      since the suspension was not based on religious practices but on safety issues (and a prior warning) then, yes.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. YBP

    I would like to believe that these kids are demonstrating the absurdity of the obnoxious, disingenuous, stunt that this Tebow character continuously pulls, and has apparently become famous for, but this is Riverhead, Long Island, and if you have ever been out there, if you've ever dared to venture that far east in Suffolk County, you'd know, as I surely do, that there aren't any students there that are quite that sophisticated. The absurdity of it has never occurred to them. This is just a simply, pathetic case of monkey-see-monkey-do.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jwalker

    Seems pretty reasonable to me. They were blocking the hallway, which can be dangerous for other students trying to get through; they warned them not to do it; they kept doing it; they get suspended. Kids need more discipline like this. Their parents generally let them do whatever the hell they want, and this is how they behave. I don't feel sorry for them one bit.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      "Oh Mr. Principle, my Johnny would never do that."

      December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bosmonkey

    Good! This whole thing is SO lame. People look like complete idiots. Teh reason people are doign it has nothing to do with religion and thanking God for something. Don't get me started on that!

    They should've gotten suspended for that alone! 😉

    December 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hitch

    I'm guessing that on Fox News this is being reported in the "War on Christianity" department?

    December 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    these kids need to grow the heck up and stop wasting this news space. what idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    December 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
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