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. K S

    If these kids were muslims praying to their god... it would be fine

    December 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pritka

      You can't block the hallways no matter what your religious beliefs are. Muslims that go to public schools are not allowed to kneel and face Mecca and pray 5 times a day either and they should not be allowed to do so.

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

      BS, people like to claim this preference for other religions and spread the propaganda that somehow their CHOICE of religion is somehow under attack. In reality it is more about their religion losing the preferential position of authority. They can't stand that their religion is no longer the dominate popular choice with all the power and influence.

      Secularism and the concept of separation of church and state are not an attack against any one religion, they are concepts whose point and purpose is to protect all religions and give none preference or power over any other. THAT is freedom, that is equality. If you think your religion should have preference over all others you need to admit to yourself that you hold a worldview that is NOT free. You need to admit to yourself that you seek a world that is controlled and dominated by YOUR religion, and only YOUR religion.

      Most of us do not want to live in such a world, and the religion we choose has NOTHING to do with this.

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

      Get over yourself... if they were Muslim you would probably be screaming for their arrest and torture.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired of it

      Thank you Miguel, very well put.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. If horses had Gods ...

    LOL .. for all the Christians that bash "militant" Atheists. Here we introduce another generation of militant Christians. Where's the militant belief blog when you need it?!

    December 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ModXell2

    They look like a bunch of mor*ns doing that. We pay taxes to teach useful things in school. Not so they act like bunch of idi*ts. Suspend all of them.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      I'm an aethesit, but we also don't pay taxes to suspend students for stupid reasons that make no sense. Give me a break.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired of it

      I am tired of seeing these so called christians doing their little praise thing. If you believe, you don't need to put on an act to try convincing the rest of us. You are a bunch of actor phonies.

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

    Really shows what "followers" these Christian types are, they'll follow anything if they think it will get them brownie points for God.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Still doesn't justify the suspension.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • IceT

      Blocking the hallway after twice being warned justifies the suspension.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired of it

      Actually I think they are following a sports figure. They probably don't understand the act the QB is putting on.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ben

    Does anyone put any stock in any decision made by a school administrator. I went all the way and have a PhD but how do I raise my son and my daughter to respect these educators.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Ask anyone who's been through the school system here in the US and everyone has a story about how dumb school administrators are. Everyone. And they just don't get it. I'm an atheist, but these kids did nothing wrong, nothing dangerous. Their only offense was to do something against the "norm," to act from their imaginations. To school administrators that's some kind of threat, I guess, that needs to be squashed. Pathetic.

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

      Ask anyone who's been through the school system here in the US and everyone has a story about how dumb school administrators are. Everyone. And they just don't get it. I'm an atheist, but these kids did nothing wrong, nothing dangerous. Their only offense was to do something against the "norm," to act from their imaginations. To school administrators that's some kind of threat, I guess, that needs to be squashed. How pathetic.

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

      The school administrators have obviously been trying to manage the two suspended students for some time. This is not their first disruption. Their punishment, contrasted with the other two students who received "first strike"-level admonishments, was greater because they have been disciplined before, much more mildly, for the exact same behavior. This punishment is escalated because these boys did not respond intelligently to the milder, "first strike" discipline.

      If you value administrators who wish to provide a safe, focused learning environment for your kids, then you applaud these administrators. If you want kids to be able to disrupt everyone else's learning process just so they can get on Twitter and complain about how unjust their ("second strike" ... at least) punishment was, then continue to berate these administrators for taking good, sensible action in a controlled, considered way.

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

      @Stupidscript

      Safety is the issue, then is it? If there was a fire, you think those four students would not have risen from their knees? You think the administrator thinks they would not have risen from their knees? This was not the issue over which to suspend these students. Obviously, the administrator resents these students and it is from this resentment, rather than anything more practical or rational, that the action was taken. They got his goat.

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

      Wow. Yes, in fact, safety is the issue. That and existing school regulations for, you know, the safe and smooth operation of the educating environment. Adherence to those regulations is not optional, unless you figure these two jokers got some kind of special certificate that says, "Everyone but you two ... because you're special."

      Are you saying that any and every student should be able to cop a squat in the middle of the school hall whenever they like? Just kind of, you know, hunker down with some buddies? You wouldn't limit that in any way? So maybe, I don't know, 50 or 60 students could all do it at the same time? Or possible 500 students, in groups of 4, spread out all around every hall in the school? Why not, according to you? They got legs, don't they? Just ... wow. PhD, you say? Wow.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. I WAS THE FUNNY ATHLETIC BLACK GUY

    I was a straight Fool in Skool. So i can say first hand they should stop trying to be the center of attention and study and work hard on their academics.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. YourSistersAss

    Play this video back to these kids in 5 years and they will see how ridiculous they look.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModXell2

      Indeed!

      December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. paul

    It said they've pulled "disruptive stunts in the hallways before".

    So anyone who thinks this is a religious thing clearly hasn't read the article.

    So everyone whining about "attacking christianity" is just amusing to me.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Peter

    Oh, pfff. Give me a break! The kids didn't do anything wrong. Safety hazard my foot. As soon as someone deviates from the norm, someone just can't take it. It's about control and nothing else. Shame on this principle.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ben

    I don't understand anyone who can work of an anger toward these four students. As jokes or pranks go, this is pretty harmless. And even though I am not a very religious person (not much of a patron of organized religion anyway), I feel sure the whole safety issue was nothing more than a convenient pretext for what is liberal angst over religious gestures of any kind - even if insincere.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lilith

    This is just kids being kids but the claim that "praying" is what they were doing (not) speaks volumes about what their parents are teaching them about religious hypocrisy & mindlessly following.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    This is militant?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. filtered

    This is a suspension issue and not just a detention?

    December 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. I WAS THE FUNNY ATHLETIC BLACK GUY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfEGX0rNOvA&feature=player_detailpage

    December 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Whoopdeedoo

    I'm firmly planted in the "I don't care what stupid high schoolers do" camp. And seriously, this was "unsafe?" All these "what if" scenarios are really laughable. Gotta stop taking everything so seriously.

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