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'Tebowing' Gets Riverhead Students Suspended

Four students originally suspended after trendy act blocks school hallways, though two suspensions reportedly repealed.

Four student-athletes at Riverhead High School were disciplined this week for imitating popular NFL quarterback Tim Tebow's trademark kneel down.

Administrators said they punished the students for "Tebowing" because they created an unsafe environment by blocking the halls, resulting in one-day suspensions for two of them.

The students were part of a larger group seen in a YouTube video kneeling in the halls of the school, a move one of the students told Yahoo! was "out of respect for Tebow, and because 'Tebowing' is the new thing to do."

Tebow — a second-year quarterback who has led the Denver Broncos to six straight wins — is known for his devout Christianity and intensity on and off the field. The act has gained popularity as the Broncos have continued to pile up late-game wins.

The students — brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll, and their friends Jordan Fulcoly and Wayne Drexel — had reportedly started the practice on Monday, according to a report in the News-Review.

Yahoo! Sports broke the story early Thursday, later making it to local media. The story also was featured ESPN's Sportscenter, which reported that two of the students' suspensions were lifted after administrators found that they were not previosuly warned.

"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 an email. "Students cannot block hallways and prevent other students from getting to class. A couple of students who were spoken to previously did not heed to the warning given by administrators, and they were disciplined accordingly.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that four students were suspended.

David Smith December 19, 2011 at 03:22 AM
Angels comment is a perfect example of how our English language is being perverted by the cell phone. It's also an example of how an illiterate person tries to hide the fact that they can't spell. Maybe a little less time playing with the cell phone and more time with a dictionary (If they know what that is). After close examination of this post I believe this persons opinion is you should do whatever you want to do. Real grown up thinking. Angel go play with a app on your phone leave the thinking to the adults.
Angel Trimm December 20, 2011 at 10:37 AM
Angels comment is a perfect example of how our English language is being perverted by the cell phone.{How??}{David's comment is the perfect example of how David is a suffers from "Dementia" please excuse him},It's also an example of how an illiterate person tries to hide the fact that they can't spell.{If I'm illetrate,then your "ilogic"}& Maybe a little less time playing with the cell phone and more time with a dictionary,{Who are you really Dave? lol, Dr.Drew? Dr.Phill? i think your Dr.Douche Bag!} oh BTW:my Mother read the dictioary & bible :-D IM PROUD OF HER! -A After close examination of this post I believe this persons opinion{Davey,you forgot the , {insert here}is you should do whatever you want to do. Real grown up thinking. Angel go play with a app on your phone leave the thinking to the adults{David,U r so PRESUMTUOUS} see only a few games i enjoy on any console & Im 21,PC Games -Where in the World is Carmen SanDeigo,Oregon Trial,Wheel of Fortune,Trophy Hunters,(only on games i kill but...,Garden of Time,It Girl, PS-Tomb Raider,Crash,Spyro, Abe's Odd World, PS2-"SSX Tour"I LOVE SnowBoarding! XBox360- Assasian's Creed the 1st. & Ghost Recon BOO 2 PS3 & PPS hand helds.All Season fun,weight training,MMA,swimming,rock climbing-indoors & out,Fun Parks,all Art. I sing grunge very well x-} music i do well,drums,bass{mi fav},elec & acoustic guitars,paino. Do have fun alone david,i like my alone best,cell apps = waste of time/ca$h no good for my pretty green/grey eyes2.
oh yeah December 20, 2011 at 06:10 PM
LOL i till say angel trimm sounds like porno name
oh yeah December 21, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Sorry- edit: LOL! I still say Angel Trimm sounds like a porno name.
Annie December 24, 2011 at 09:15 PM
I'm sorry, but these kids "Tebowing" has nothing to do with them getting down on one knee and praying, let alone anything to do with religion. Even in the interview with the students who got suspended, they said nothing about doing it for Christianity or even close to doing it to pray during the day. They are doing it because it is a fad and because EVERYONE in sports is mimicking Tebow. I don't understand why religion has to be brought into this. The real issue here is how the school and administration handled the situation. And please, for those who are saying remarks on how this is religious persecution...get off your soap box and look at the big picture. These are teenagers doing this because they think it's funny. Everyone has the right to their own beliefs, but when it comes to this situation, it is simply high schoolers trying to get a rise out of the people above them.

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