No! Athletes At N.Y. High School Suspended For Tebowing In School Hallway

Wait. What? In the latest example of Tebowmania having gone completely off the cliff and free-falling into abject absurdity — seriously, is this what it was like when The Beatles landed on Plymouth Rock during the British Invasion (I might be mixing up historical events a bit there) — a group of athletes at a Long Island high school have been suspended  — no, not for completely inappropriate and disgusting hazing rituals or for drug and alcohol use — for the heinous act of Tebowing. Will somebody please think of the children?!?!

Connor Carroll, one of the two students suspended by Riverhead (N.Y.) High, said that he, his brother Tyler and classmates Wayne Drexel and Jordan Fulcoly only did the impromptu act of Tebowing “out of respect for Tebow, and because Tebowing is the new thing to do.” Makes sense. And while the two student athletes were the only kids suspended by the school, some 40 students, after seeing the four strike the pose, took part, causing a bit of a traffic jam in the school’s hallway, an apparent violation of the school’s rules. Their leadership in the spontaneous homage to Tebow, along with the fact that they received prior warning, appears to be the reason behind why only the two boys received their respective in-school suspensions.

Said Connor Carroll (via Prep Rally):

“The administration told us that our Tebowing was blocking the halls and could potentially cause a riot, because they were growing in number and if the wrong kid gets pushed a brawl could ensue,” Carroll told Prep Rally. “We had no idea that we could get suspended for such a thing. It was a joke between a group of friends that took a life of its own. We figured at the most we would just be told to stop.”

Seriously, I don’t know what’s crazier: that people are so obsessed with Tebowing or the fact these kids got suspended for doing it. Strange days are upon us friends.

In any event, it is abundantly clear that persecution of the disciples of Tebow hath begun. Remember, Tebowites: They may take your right to engage in Tebowing, but they can’t take…YOUR TEBOWWWWWWWWW!!!

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282 Comments

  1. bjturk

    December 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    This is amazing. Now you can’t even LOOK like you’re praying in school anymore.

    Is it just me, or does a suspension for something these kids could never have anticipated seem more than a little like overkill? Read this again:

    “The administration told us that our Tebowing was blocking the halls and could potentially cause a riot, because they were growing in number and if the wrong kid gets pushed a brawl could ensue.”

    So the rationale is that a riot MIGHT have happened, or that there could have been a fight if the WRONG kid got pushed. I don’t think we should let these administrators drive cars because, using their logic, they MIGHT cause an accident the next time they’re behind the wheel, or there could be a road rage incident if they change lanes in front of the WRONG driver.

    • bam-bam

      December 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      i agree completely.there should be a warning first,then a suspension if they do it again.

      • Jim

        December 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        See paragraph two. “…along with the fact that they received a warning…,” implies that there was a warning.

      • stangmark

        December 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm

        wow. i love it when people are so smart they use the facts against themselves.

        • marius

          December 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm

          i smell a lawsuit…how can u ban crouching with your fist on your forehead…but there’s nothing against showing your boxers and sagging your pants…

    • crazy man

      December 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Unless there is a law that states this is a crime. then the school has suspended kids without legal basis.. Hell they could all be tieing their shoes.. Of course this is what happens when the MEDIA puts a spin on something.. Rightaway it is either great or a criminal offense.. Maybe we should pass a law and lets say make it life in prison.. Of course every Catholic in the world will be gulity, because they/we kneel in church… What a bunch of IDIOTS…

      • peace6

        December 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm

        school rules aren’t state laws!

        • stangmark

          December 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

          this one is.

      • fOb

        December 15, 2011 at 8:25 pm

        Okay–can people who do not know what they are talking about please quit right about now? Students can pray in schools–there is 100% no problem with it, and is why it wouldn’t be surprising if these young men are in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (which is a student organization at many schools along with Youth for Christ). What students cannot do is disrupt school–whether they were goofing around and causing the disruption and blocking a hallway by dancing or fighting or Tebowing, the point is that they blocked the hallway and that they had been warned before. Seriously, they got in-school suspension (which means that they have to sit in school and do their homework in a detention environment)–they didn’t get expelled or punished in any other way. Conversely, there was a girl in the Oklahoma Panhandle who is atheist and from an atheist family–she was expelled for a full year for one bogus reason, and the next year lasted less than a week before being expelled for the school year for (if memory serves) stealing another student’s gym shoes (they were found in her locker–if memory serves–and there’s no reason to believe that they hadn’t been put there by someone else). Simply because students choose to cause disruptions by silly acts like this (they were not praying–they were pulling a prank) does not have any mean that there is religious oppression in the schools–well, not of Christians any way.

        • shawn

          December 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

          pardon my ignorance, but can you tell me what is ‘tebowing’

        • berryman

          December 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

          At a time when my children were in high school it became the in thing for a group of students to gather and have prayer in front of the rest of the students before school started. My question is, why did they have to be seen doing this when they could have just as easily gone off to themselves. Doesn’t the bible even teach going into a closet to pray so as not to appear puffed up as so many were doing with their praying and wailing in the streets?

      • peter

        December 15, 2011 at 9:06 pm

        you are an idiot. Two were suspended for just cause, they were warned. The other two got ISS for creating a disturbance in the education setting. Have you been in a school lately? You have 2000 kids in a building that was designed and built for 1300 students. You have all of the hormones going one student cannot make it to class and now a fight will break out and turn into a brawl. The students got the correct punishment. You are what is wrong with today’s society.

      • stangmark

        December 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        New York Education Law § 2801 Codes of conduct on school property.

        * l. a minimum suspension period, for students who repeatedly are substantially disruptive of the educational process.

        so yes, you are correct. if 40 students all stopped in the same place at the same time in a crowded hallway to tie their shoes on a regular basis, were told to stop, and continued the activity, it should be no surprise that the instigators were suspended.

    • stangmark

      December 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      there are many places in a public school where one may tebow. a crowded hallway is not one of them. it is daft to think blocking crowded hallways is safe. remember, it was 40+ kids, not two. it was the two that had recieved prior warning to discontinue violating state law and continued tebowing in the hall that got suspended.
      do you really find it unlikely that a fight would break out if a large crowd of teenagers was stuck between classes in a crowded hallway? you’ve been out of school too long.
      your rationale is a fallacy. it should read thus.
      it is common for fights to break out when teenagers are stuck in the hallways, therefore the hallways should be kept clear of any obstacles. it is also unsafe. and yes, they do suspend the licenses of drivers who repeatedly fail to follow the rules of the road.

      • Red Rocks Rockin

        December 15, 2011 at 10:20 pm

        Seriously, the butthurt in this post is beyond hilarious.

        “it is daft to think blocking crowded hallways is safe.”

        No, it’s daft to think that two people kneeling in the hallway is causing that serious of a disruption. You must have been absolutely infuriated during the OWS protests.

        “it was the two that had recieved prior warning to discontinue violating state law and continued tebowing in the hall that got suspended.”

        Please–this had nothing to do with state law, and everything to do with an authoritarian school administration that saw a few kids not act like passive automatons.

        “do you really find it unlikely that a fight would break out if a large crowd of teenagers was stuck between classes in a crowded hallway? you’ve been out of school too long.”

        LOL at this goonfiction.

        “your rationale is a fallacy. it should read thus.”

        Your rationale is rather fallacious, itself. Witness your next sentence:

        “it is common for fights to break out when teenagers are stuck in the hallways, therefore the hallways should be kept clear of any obstacles.”

        Post hoc, ergo propter hoc. “It is common”–Really? You have actual stats to back this up? How often do fights break out in crowded hallways? What degree of “crowdedness” is required for a budding young Gavrilo Princip to set the chain of chaos in motion?

      • Gary

        December 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm

        What if they decided to just stop in the hallway and stand there and 40 more people decided to stand there as well. Wait that happens all the time. Clearly the administration has a problem with the act of prayer in school. Again, what if they were tying their shoe or stopping at their locker, they would be taking up the same amount of space. Why don’t they worry about teaching our kids so our country doesn’t continue to slip in in telligence against the rest of the world. Liberalisim is a disease and it must be abolished!

    • Russ

      December 15, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Rules are rules, and they had been warned! if they want to pray or act as if in prayer step off school grounds, thier is a thing called seperation of church and state.
      my child should not be subject to prayer in school weather it is in mock or real that is what a church is for.
      As a tax payer you should understand this!

      • Todd

        December 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

        so, Russ, do you recall when you were in school? did you say the “Pledge” every day? I did! as I pay taxes too, you may want to look past your own nose to see that “belief” does not stop at the door, it is why we left England to begin with! FREEDOM! get it?

      • yw wong

        December 16, 2011 at 12:46 am

        so it is OK to have religious students for their valid religious observance to wear hear coverings, i.e. veil, hijab, khimar, jilbaab, head coverings of other religious beliefs, to wear in schools, but not “tebowing” which you consider religious also. Such bias self righteousness.

    • Todd

      December 15, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      as it has been for many years, school administrators only pick the battles they are sure to win, notice they are not fighting appropriate dress or the lack of manners. if young people are allowed to believe and have roll models as we did growing up, that is much better than having no spirit or dreams…lets be real, I would be a parent seeking legal counsel!

    • Mike

      December 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

      WOW… Its a good thing Tebow has a good head on his shoulders otherwise this guy could have a million people drinking some funky Kool-Aid in a matter of days…

    • Nehemiah

      December 16, 2011 at 2:51 am

      Okay people! Lets get a grip! What Tebow is doing is nothing new! I’ve seen from high school, college and professional athletes were doing this way before the media and the public started “The Tebowing” catch phrase. The only reason why this is popular is due to the Broncos come from behind victories! Don’t get me wrong I’m not downing him because of his faith, but the media is taking this a little too far. Again there have been many athletes that has taken a knee and gave praise, before during and after the game.

    • jusjus

      December 16, 2011 at 7:22 am

      These children should never have been suspended!!!! that blocking the hall was an excuse to suspend them for praying and if they want to pray , provide an area in which these kids can do that!!!! Young Student if you want to pray Tebow style then do it!!! dont stop just keep praying!!!!! all this hoop lah about Tebow… the guy is living his life and Obeying God’s word and people still find fault in him!!! what is wrong with this picture? at least he has morals, and he has integrity even better!!!! i would rather my son and daughter implement him as a role model than most of the rapist and gun shooting fools on all these other NFL teams!!! Tebow is a positive person in a very negative world let him do his thing and stop being judgemental !!!!!!1

      • Mike

        December 16, 2011 at 7:28 am

        I could not agree more… Very well said…

    • baddoggy

      December 16, 2011 at 7:28 am

      this TeeBow thing is one thing but if these were my kids. boy they would know what not to do here. these kids are not told to respect other people beliefs and this is just where this country is going. people beter wake up and smell the rosses. we do not teach our children respect for others. just look around us. we see grown men wear there pants down below there hips. wait a min. they are not grown up at all. we beter go back to the basics and wake up america.

      • Mike

        December 16, 2011 at 7:31 am

        Completly agree…

    • baddoggy

      December 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

      i read most of these comments on TeeBowing and i see just what i said before. that we all know what these kids point was and if they were mine they would know it before this would have happen and they would really know what to expect when they get home. but again it seems people think it is ok for our kids and our grown ups to wear there pants down to there knees and it ok. them kids could have done it privatlly and not showed off in this case. wake up america

      • Mike

        December 16, 2011 at 7:56 am

        I will agree with you here… Had these kids done this because they were being persecuted for their beliefs… OK… But that was not the case… At least I dont think so, I havnt heard anything from the kids as to why they did it… So I dont know…

  2. Nick67

    December 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Listen, it wasn’t about praying. It was about causing a hazard.
    First Amendment rights aside you can’t yell “Fire!” in a movie theatre and you can’t joke about bombs when you’re in an airport.

    The tebowing caused a safety hazard. Now, did they have rules in place BEFOREHAND about the consequences of causing a disturbance in the hallways?

    But this isn’t about tebowing. They’d have likely gotten kicked out had they started a mass planking incident too.

    Keep it moving, people!

    • Frank

      December 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Every hallway in public High School is blocked by massive overcrowding, Should administrators be suspended as well?

      • stangmark

        December 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm

        your argument is a fallacy.
        big difference between a lot of kids moving from one place to another and a lot of kids NOT being to move from one place to another.

    • Kaixuan

      December 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      Yeah, right.

    • Kaixuan

      December 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Yeah, right, Nick67 that is.

    • CC Rider

      December 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      Safety Hazard my hiney!

      • stangmark

        December 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

        i’m sorry your hiney is a safety hazard. i suggest more exercise and a better diet.

    • California Conservative

      December 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      If they wore their pants around their knees and brought prayer rugs the school the school would probably have thought differently. I live in a town where kids were suspended kids for wearing American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo. However, THIS IS OUR FAULT. We have too quiet for too long. NO MORE. We need to kick these administrators out for Christiphobia. Denying their first amendment rights and discrimination is cuase for dismissal.

      • tomm

        December 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm

        If you are going to post a comment, Please learn how to spell first!!!!

        • stangmark

          December 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm

          please first learn how to spell, not please learn how to spell the word first.
          use perfect grammar before you critique others, i’d say (i sure hope i just did:)

      • lynn zachry

        December 16, 2011 at 5:04 am

        paranoid much?

        • Mike

          December 16, 2011 at 5:13 am

          Paranoid? No, I think its great we have nutcases like you to laugh at. Always puts a smile on my face…

    • Marc

      December 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      If you look at the picture there is plenty of room for people to go around them, give me a break!!

    • charles young

      December 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      What these kids are doing is praying it is not and never will be Tebowing.It is a shame these kids were suspended for praying in the hall. It is their civil right as a American to this.I’m proud of these kids and their parents and the rest of the school should take a stand.

      • youranidiot

        December 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm

        Ya sure thats whats happening….they are praying. With what looks like grins on their faces. You friggen Dumbass. The fact is they were told not to do it by authority figures and they still decided to do what they wanted to do. Stupid punk ass kids deserved to get suspended.

      • stangmark

        December 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm

        if the kids say they were tebowing, they were tebowing. what you have to understand is that what tebow does is a sports ritual known as a touchdown celebration (originally). realizing its mass market media appeal, tebow now does it all the time.
        these kids never claimed any infringement on their freedom of religion. they claim their paying homage to tebow. their not saying one word of prayer. their worshipping a false idol.

      • mmac

        December 16, 2011 at 5:16 am

        It is your civil right as an American to be a moron, too. I wouldn’t necessarily be “proud” of it. Kids can pray in school as long as it doesn’t impede learning or infringe on others’ rights. If praying was their intention, all they had to do was scoot over to the wall and go to town. Instead they decided to be cute and it landed their asses in ISS. P.S. Maybe they should “pray” for better haircuts. Yikes.

        • Mike

          December 16, 2011 at 5:25 am

          The fact you are so engrossed by this incident is disturbing… When you are at the mall and someone is in your way do you stand there like an idiot or do you go around? Judging by your responses you’re the idiot that stands there and acts like you’re being persecuted. Get a life… You need help…

          • mmac

            December 16, 2011 at 6:34 am

            Yeah, Mike. I’m engrossed. I’ve commented maybe four times to your 10 or 15. As for the mall, I go around, all the while bitching about how discourteous some people can be. I’m not the one with the persecution complex. I didn’t turn this into a treatise on religion. As far as I’m concerned, this is about a few kids who thought this would be cute and got pissed when they found out others didn’t agree. Now they can accept the consequences and suck it up.

  3. Lorenv

    December 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    There is not enough information here to determine if the administration over reacted or not. Assuming the students did their “Tebowing” only one time, then the punishment is out of line. The student should have been given a warning plus an alternative. The alternative being something like make sure none of you are in the middle of the hall when you do your “Tebowing.” Assuming the student continued to do their “Tebowing” in the middle of the hall way, then the punishment fits. I do not believe anything here has to do with religion. It is a matter of blocking the hallway between classes. And that folks can and does become a major issue.

    • wideglide

      December 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      The administrators need to get over themselves.

  4. pat

    December 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Whatever happened to detention?

    • Doug

      December 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Detention requires staff. Staff require funding.

  5. Rebecca Martin

    December 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I think the school was totally out of line to suspend them. What idiots! I suppose they were afraid that the ACLU might become involved. It was about religion and I am tired of this kind of reaction. If they were blocking the halls, give them a warning. Suspension was over kill.

    • george

      December 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Kids present are admitting that it had nothing to do with religion and that they were trying to be silly.

    • peter

      December 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      They were warned read the article. The two suspended were warned and they did it again. That is just cause to kick them out.

    • stangmark

      December 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      football is not a religion. they were worshipping a football player. they werent praying. they were striking a pose.

  6. KelseyT

    December 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    This is my school and I was there. Kids started tebowing everywhere in our school it was hilarious! Nobody thought they would get in trouble, it’s kind of just a trend and they didn’t do anything wrong. What are they even getting in trouble for praying? I do agree to some point that they should have given a warning because it had no religious cause it was just kids trying to be funny. But i can guarantee our senior prank will be hilarious this year !

    • Gail K

      December 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      Pls be sure and YouTube your senior prank. You have way too much great material to work with here!!!!!

      • KelseyT

        December 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm

        I so will!! lol

  7. chris

    December 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Too bad for the students they are not Muslim nd facing east – no one would dare interfear with the act. PROBABLY WASN’T HONEST PRAYER. But first time suspension is excessive. Suspend the principal without pay for twice the time the students were suspended and sue him for violating their 1st amandment rights- that will make the principal act with caution. Prayer in school will never be eliminated as long as there are math tests. Sure the hallway shouldn’t havebeen blocked – if students were not endangered by the act – well some might be tardy to class. I know when I was in school every second was a special learning experience- no waste of efficiency and everyone gave their total attention to lectures at all times. Do you believe that crap. ?? Laugh once in a while if a prank causes no harm – then explain to the students that this time they are lucky and give them a simple punishment if you must. Old time ideas such as staying after schhol – writting a paper on why stunts should not occur. Teach something from the event- instead it has become a big time internet event. Big, tough principal rules with an iron fist. But sometimes the natives get restless. A student revolt over this would have occurred in the 1960’s.

  8. a schneider

    December 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Why is this called Tebowing? Is he the first NFL player ever to kneel down and pray befroe , durring or after a game? Come on people get a life!

    • stangmark

      December 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      as you may or may not know, tim tebow is an american football player. while enjoying success at florida university, when others would spike the football, do the chicken dance, or any other touchdown celebration, tim tebow would kneel as if praying (presumably he was—thanking god and jesus for a touchdown). it got the nickname of tebowing, a play on tim bowing. it got popular, and then and now tim tebow tebows all the time. tim asks for gods assistance to win before a football game by tebowing. he thanks god for a big play and touchdowns by tebowing. after he wins he thanks god for the win by tebowing; and after a loss he accepts god’s judgement that he did not deserve to win by tebowing. if his team needs god’s assistance for a big play to win and he’s not involved, he tebows on the sideline. if he is involved he tebows in the huddle. i’m not joking. because of this, kids who have no religous preference think its cute to tebow and pay homage to their god. not the christian god. their praying to tim tebow. it’s dangerous for christians to defend idolatry. i think it would be great if these were saved christians with a strong desire to pray in the middle of the hallway in between class; but even then as a christian parent i would recommend they do so elsewhere.

  9. M. Smith

    December 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Wow more faux outrage by the religious right, theres a shocker. This has nothing to do with religion folks, they were blocking a hall which posed a potential danger to students. I agree the suspension is likely a bit to much but get real they werent praying they were making a joke trying to be cool and it caused a nuisance.

    • Red Rocks Rockin

      December 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      “Wow more faux outrage by the religious right, theres a shocker.”

      Wow, more inferiority complexes from a sniveling sperglord, there’s a shocker.

      “This has nothing to do with religion folks, they were blocking a hall which posed a potential danger to students.”

      Yeah, four kids kneeling in the hallway is a “danger.” Good thing it wasn’t *five* kids, or a slapfight might have ensued!

      • stangmark

        December 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm

        what’s a sperglord? because i think i’m about to be one, and i want to know what the name means that i might be called. it loses its impact otherwise.
        what if it was 40 kids? oh wait it was 40 kids. what if next time 120 join in? whether they were tebowing or praying or all tying their shoes, the hallway isnt a good place to do it, and they were stopped. how horrible.

        • R.U. Serious

          December 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm

          If everyone is kneeling, who is being obstructed? This is a ridiculous power play by the administration. To bust out code of conduct statutes is even more asinine, as hallways are not a part of the “educational process”, merely a pathway to such processes. Why are lockers in the halls? If everyone is at their locker at the same time, which is very common, why isn’t that the same obstruction? People need to get a life already

          • devil

            December 16, 2011 at 2:55 am

            Will people please stop comparing tebowing(not praying) in the center of the hallway to going to your locker. Lockers are on the walls so they are out of the way and a clear path is made down the center of the hall. f a car stalls out in the middle of the road if affects traffic a lot more than a car stalled on the side of the road.

            Not everyone was tebowing 40 kids blocking the 1660 other kids trying to get to class.

            • Red Rocks Rockin

              December 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

              “Not everyone was tebowing 40 kids blocking the 1660 other kids trying to get to class.”

              All 1660 kids were going through the same hallway at the same time?

        • Red Rocks Rockin

          December 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

          “whether they were tebowing or praying or all tying their shoes, the hallway isnt a good place to do it, and they were stopped. how horrible.”

          So you’d support kids being suspended for tying their shoes?

  10. GLH1947

    December 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    You’ve got to be kidding!! They suspend kids for praying but they don’t for hazing, bullying, or other serious offenses against fellow students or teachers. This is ridiculous. I’d like to see someone try to stop me from praying or giving my Lord and Savior praise for something. The school administration should be ashamed of themselves.

    • stangmark

      December 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      they werent praying. they were tebowing.

  11. Polly Ann Murray

    December 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    This was over kill because the school is afaid of repurcussions from the ACLU, no kidding about it. The kids never should have been suspended. Because they assumed the kids were being religious they were kicked out. If the students were Muslim and facing east – no one would dare interfear.
    What has our trust in God country come to when our children are kicked out of school for mimicking a NFL player, who believes in God and does not have to be afraid to show it and does on the field.
    These people are the sick ones not our children.

    • devil

      December 16, 2011 at 2:59 am

      Muslim kids have more respect about where and when they pray, so as not to bother anyone else around them. If the kids were Muslim they would have been more respect to other peoples need.

      So you don’t have a problem with kids worshiping a football as if he was a god.

  12. Roger Rabbit

    December 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    As the population grows, the number of limpwrist softhanded educated idiots running the organizations increases. This is where socialism takes over folks.

    • mmac

      December 16, 2011 at 5:36 am

      “Educated Idiots”? That clearly doesn’t apply to you. Not the first part anyway.

      • Mike

        December 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

        Sooo im not an educated idiot… Uh thanks, I guess… You’re not a girl by any chance? Just asking…

  13. Chuck Norris' Chin

    December 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I say we Occupy Riverhead High!! We’ll need about 60-65,000 beer swillin football fans. We’ll Tebow in the parking lots. We’ll Tebow in the stadium. We’ll Tebow in the halls!!! BYOB.

    I’m Chuck Norris’ Chin, and I approve this message. HIYAH!!!

    • Van Esca

      December 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      We’ll tebow on the beaches. We’ll tebow on the hills and in the streets, and should our school be taken over by the evil administrators, we’ll Tebow off campus. We will never cease Tebowing.

      • stangmark

        December 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm

        in 50 years timtebowism will be a federally recognized religion; and the christian scientoligists shall mock them.

  14. Eyeswideopen

    December 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Most of you seem to already have forgotten what high school kids are like…

    We have only heard the students side of the story, you know those young innocent minds that are only interested in praying and doing their schoolwork, oh and telling the absolute truth as well…. (sarcasm!) Cause you know with high school students the truth is more important than covering your own ass.

    Second they knew they were causing a commotion, read his damm comment, “We figured at the most we would just be told to stop”. Kind of implies they knew they were doing something wrong, just didn’t think the consequences would be that severe. You remind me of those parents who believe their kids can do no wrong.

    • peter

      December 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      agreed. Kids never do anything wrong. The teachers are out to get the kids. You know that pay check is almost worth what you get paid for what teachers do. Teachers get paid pennies for the amount of work that they actually do compared to other professions.

    • R.U. Serious

      December 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      It doesn’t imply that they knew they were doing something wrong, it implies that they felt what they were doing doesn’t warrant any punishment. I say we have a national “Tebow” moment in protest of this stupid punishment handed to these students. It was probably the quietest the school has been all year, embrace it.
      Truthfully, nobody commenting here was actually at the school when it happened, so we can’t say how much of an obstruction this really was. We don’t know the width of the hallway aisles, all we know is that someone was foolish enough (or speculated) that there were 40 people that did it. I find it incredibly odd that an EXACT 40 was counted. Not 39, or 41, but dead on 40. This tells me that it’s a fabricated story from the start.

  15. get real

    December 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    first they were not praying and tebowing is nothing sorry to bust your bubble but tebow not a god and tebowing is just stupid tebowing not Evan a real word what this was was some kids that wanted to go home and not stay in school so they could play their xbox or wii or ps3 and look what happens they get their pic on the web diva drama queens that’s what they are if they want to be on their knees let them scrub the toilets

    • Chiefpuffsalot

      December 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Don’t be a moron. Also, learn how to spell EVEN. What, are you an inbred redneck too?

    • Punctuation

      December 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Damn it’s called periods man!!!! Use them you uneducated f**k!!!!

  16. jonathan

    December 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    man one of them dudes was me id own that school when i got done with them i swear this country suppose to be a free country but u can’t pray where u want u can’t say what is on your mind without getting in some kind of trouble this country is going to hell in a hand bag that’s no joke

    • devil

      December 16, 2011 at 3:04 am

      They weren’t praying they were tebowing. You wouldn’t have been one of those dudes, since you aren’t even kewl enough to know what tebowing is.

  17. Dan Oson

    December 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Jesus Christ, does everything turn into christian persecution?

  18. Tiredof the BS

    December 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Wonder what the school would have done if they were not white kids? Can’t suspend a minority for the same stupid reasons, you would have a “racial” incident on your hands.

    • mmac

      December 16, 2011 at 6:15 am

      Yeah. Non-white kids never get suspended in our post-racial society. I’m so glad that whole civil rights thing has been resolved. These well-heeled caucaisans have it rough.

  19. TheMokoda

    December 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    So are you all able to read or what? The student’s were not suspended for “Tebowing” per se, but for the fact that what they did created what the school felt was a potentnally dangerous obstruction in the halls. Even if the school was wrong, you have to argue with the actual REASON the school acted as it did. Quit making this about Tebowing, praying or anything else. If they had been break dancing, pretending to be wax figures or acting like ninja turtles, if they caused a blockage in the hallways, they would have gotten the same thing.

    Anyway, let’s see if these Christian young men handle their ‘persecution’ biblically, or if they go whining to the courts as some of you are suggesting. Wimps!

    • R.U. Serious

      December 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm

      The definition of obstruction in a hallway situation is very vague. One person in the hallway is an obstruction.”Potentially” dangerous is also vague, as it implies a possibility, which is also not concrete. If someone tripped (which wouldn’t be possible because all of the students were kneeling), and got hurt, then there is something to discuss. There is POTENTIAL danger every day that we wake up, whether in our own houses, or when we leave the house.Please people, let’s punish the crime, not the POTENTIAL of an incident

  20. Eugene

    December 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    United States is the new Nazi Germany. No common sense and an absolute obedience to bureaucratic rules regardless how stupid they are.

    • stangmark

      December 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      dont block the hallways is a stupid bureaucratic rule?

      • R.U. Serious

        December 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

        Stangmark, you are thinking on an obsurd plane right now. How do you know the hallways were impassable? If a school is not designed to fit 40 students in it’s halls, then this may be a concern for the Dept of public safety.If the school is designed appropriately, the 40 students is hardly a dangerous obstacle. Again, if they were such an obstacle, how in the world could you ever have 40 students plus their locker doors opened at the same time without being a seroius hazard? Maybe we should look into the school’s design, and close it down for safety reasons, or, better yet, shut your pie hole

        • devil

          December 16, 2011 at 3:13 am

          RU, Strangemark has a point. You’re being absurd by comparing kids on the side of the hallway opening their lockers with kids strewn across the middle of the hallway.

          Schools were designed to let kids be able to access their lockers at various points during the day, not to have 40 kids just stopping in the middle of the hallway.

          • Mike

            December 16, 2011 at 3:24 am

            You call them kids. They are living breathing human beings able to express their beliefs just as you are… Whats your problem…

  21. Glen

    December 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    If they had put down prayer mats and faced east while they did this, the school would be rededicating the science lab as their prayer space. The ACLU would make sure of it.

    • devil

      December 16, 2011 at 3:14 am

      They wouldn’t have put down prayer mats in the middle of the hallway. Muslims have more respect for themselves and those around them to pose that much of a nuisance.

      • Mike

        December 16, 2011 at 4:42 am

        By nuisance you mean blowing up a coffee shop in the middle of the afternoon when kids are just getting out of school. Ya just stop while you’re behind.

        • mmac

          December 16, 2011 at 6:09 am

          Oh my God you’re a d-bag. Yeah, all Muslims like to blow stuff up! WTF!

          • Mike

            December 16, 2011 at 6:32 am

            You must be retarded or just ignorant… In no way shape or form was I saying anything of the sort… It was a rebuttal you idiot to a previous statement you idiot… I know its probably hard for someone of your brain capacity to comprehend that… Good luck falling out of bed tomorrow…

            • mmac

              December 16, 2011 at 6:57 am

              Oh, I’m sorry Dumbass. Your “rebuttal” was in reference to Muslims and their style of worship, which you equated to blowing something up. Perhaps you can understand my confusion. As for being retarded, the two college degrees I have didn’t come from special ed. colleges, although if they had, I imagine our mascot would have been a baboon’s ass named Mike.

        • R.U. Serious

          December 16, 2011 at 6:29 am

          Mike, by your own account, “kids” don’t go to school. Unless, you retract your statement earlier, and have the same common understanding that teenage human beings are often called kids for the sake of simplifying the content of the statement being made as the rest of the forum. Perhaps you should live by the same standards you try to hold others to.

          • Mike

            December 16, 2011 at 6:35 am

            Let me guess… Hmmm… You’re a virgin…

  22. MgMoody

    December 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    There are more serious issues in the schools and they are worried about something as simple as this? Appropriate battles need to be fought. I work in the school system and this is one of the crazier things I’ve seen. It all deals with administration and the personal feelings of some of the parents. There are many administrators out there who forgot what it is like to be a teacher or a child but make issues like this political. As stated, they need to pick there battles like more funding for special education and teacher raises instead of making examples out of a handful of young people. So they broke school policy. That happens everyday by many students. Do all students get caught? Do all students get in trouble? Depending upon the person or who catches them, it all depends upon the circumstance. The school system is already overburdened. Why should they hurt themselves further by giving themselves bad press?

    • stangmark

      December 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      if 40 kids made it a daily ritual to block the hallways at your school you’d do nothing? nice job.

      • R.U. Serious

        December 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm

        Oh, so now it’s a daily ritual? I’m amazed at the many ways you can twist this to make it sound better for your personal stance.
        And, for the record, if it were a daily ritual, accommodations would be made, and we’d see how little an obstacle it really is. Get a freaking life, toolbox

  23. hawaiikai

    December 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Evidently Tebow and his kin have never read Matthew 6:5-6. Look it up!

    • Paula Holland

      December 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      VERY GOOD point this as turned into a joke . mocking GOD

      • Jtristan

        December 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

        using scripture to make YOUR point hmmmmm careful you might be mocking God too…. you might want to read the whole Book,,, you know , corporate prayer,, honoring Him in ALL things,,,, not being ashamed of Him and He will not be ashamed of you,,,, that kind of stuff…just saying

        • stangmark

          December 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm

          so…is god honored by proxie then? at issue isnt tebow honoring god. at issue is those kids honoring tebow. they werent praying. if they werent praying, it’s mocking god to pretend they were. and i dont think any christian should encourage the mockery of god.

          • R.U. Serious

            December 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm

            Could it be, they were neither praying, or worshipping Tebow, but simply doing a trendy pose? God forbid it could be that simple, aye?
            By not giving God the proper respect of capitalizing the word, you have mocked God as well. Go to church, you heathen

    • Stacy

      December 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      It’s not mocking people. You wouldn’t understand unless you have a relationship with Jesus. When you love someone so much you want to shout it from the roof tops. That’s how much he loves Jesus. If you don’t like it, turn off your TV. It’s still a free country, for a little while at least! More power to him, keep spreading the Word Tebow!

      • stangmark

        December 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

        at issue isnt tebow honoring god. at issue is those kids, and others like them, honoring tebow. they werent praying. if they werent praying, it’s mocking god to pretend they were. and i dont think any christian should encourage the mockery of god.

    • Red Rocks Rockin

      December 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      Evidently, you and your kin haven’t read Matthew 28:18-20. Look it up!

  24. nick53

    December 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Crazy, Just like the nine years old that was suspended for telling his teacher she was cute. How stupid is that? The schools have worse things that they should be worried about. Administrator do not use commend since.

    • peter

      December 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      what is commend since?

      Common sense now you look like a fool. I guess you don’t either.

  25. Clarence Campbell

    December 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    C’Mon MAN! As a former resident of Riverhead and at the moment I’m glad it’s former! Please school officals think before you leap! So I can’t wait to see what the NFL will do, inform Tebow that he is setting a bad example and will be fined if he continues! I could give a LONG list of sport figures who have set the WRONG example. I’m so confused by your message to these young people, I hope it will be OK with you if I pray for you and your school…

    • stangmark

      December 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      in todays nfl your long list would all get fines.

  26. RuNvus

    December 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    A good lawsuit , brought by the boys and their parents against the school and school district will clear the heads of the teachers, principal and school district.
    Would the ACLU be interested? Schools would think twice about suspension if more parents and student sued. I’m all for using school district funds to defend stupid decisions made by administors.

    • peter

      December 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      what can they sue for? The violated policies by disrupting the flow of the students to class. They were warned once before and did it again. It caused 40 other students to join in. This is a clear violation of school policies. What if a fire started and kids had to get out? The hall way would be congested and students would not be able to get out. People like you is what is wrong with today’s society. Schools are not out to get children. They do something wrong they deserve the punishment. You are why teachers and administrators have problems with students in class, you do not care what your children do. Your child probably has never done anything wrong in school? Right. The teacher really hates them. The teacher comes to work every do to just offend your child.

  27. Paula Holland

    December 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    OK I get it blocked the Hallway , Safety issue . But What I dont think suspension was the answer. But the one thing I feel needs to be said to the Kids is that If you want to tebow then do do it in a ordinarily manor, even form a line, so people can get around you . Also if you not taking a knee to actually pray . then DONT do it , this should cut down on the crowd . it is not the football prayer you should be doing this for, it is the Lord. dont treat it as a JOKE .

  28. stangmark

    December 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    so…big deal.doesnt matter what they were doing. doesnt matter why. restricting access to a public facility is illegal. the one young mans greatest failure was when he said they were told to stop before and figured the worst that would happen if they kept violating state law is that they would only get told to stop. it’s simple, really. they have a right to their religion, but not if it interferes with the right of another to get to their class on time. and if their religous rituals create a safety hazard to others, they should not be tolerated. also, assuming their christian, if they are tebowing as homage to tim tebow, isnt that idolatry.

    • R.U. Serious

      December 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

      Restricting access is a vague term. One person can restrict access. Can you cite for me the statute that states kneeling in a hallway is illegal? To me, it looks like they’re displaying the pose of Rodin’s “The thinker”, which would then be considered an appreciation of art. Why is it that, just because Tim Tebow is a religious zealot,because someone strikes a pose similar to his method of celebration, they are engaged in prayer themselves? What if Tebow did a fist-bump? Does that make it reigion based? Please think before you spout your idiotic thoughts.

      • devil

        December 16, 2011 at 3:28 am

        RU Read the link posted above this was the forth time they did this. They were warned to stop previously and they continued to do it. They were suspended for insubordination(this can also get you fired in the real world).

        No Vagueness at all they were told to stop they didn’t, they then cry about getting punished.

        • Red Rocks Rockin

          December 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

          So they went from getting warned–four times, apparently– to getting suspended? Did the teachers or administrators not consider, say, detention after the first or second warning?

  29. eloInHiLo

    December 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I got to say this is freakin crazy that kids get suspended for Tebowing, It was a harmless Joke and they got suspended for it, thats just plane stupid. Teachers and staff are suspending kids who aren’t really doing anything bad, yet they leave bullys to hurt, humiliate and abuse other kids in school. This school need it system checked and probably a new staff to monitor whats good and bad.

    • peter

      December 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      you should go back to school to learn grammar. Which plane are you talking about? The flat “object” that is made up of three points that continues for ever that is talked about in geometry or the plane that flies in the sky?

      • stangmark

        December 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

        spelling and grammar are two different concepts of written communication. although inter-related, the two are not one in the same, and should not be labeled as such. although misspelling a word may render a sentence grammatically incorrect, if the proper spelling would have made the sentence grammatically correct, it is a spelling error, not a grammatical one.
        perhaps the error is in fact yours, since (although not commonly used) one of the definitions of plane is: thoroughly. what he wrote then becomes “thats just thoroughly stupid”, which then renders the phrase grammatically correct (barely). punctuation would still be another matter altogether, though. and yes, i’m sure the author meant plain. nice catch on your part, that.
        your definition of plane (geometry) is incorrect (or at best, incomplete). a plane (geometry) is not made up of three points. the number of points within a plane are infinite. although a plane can be defined mathematically using any three points contained within the plane (or any one point and two vectors: or any one point and a normal vector), the definition of plane (geometry) is: the two dimensional analogue of a point (zero-dimensions), a line (one-dimension) and a space (three-dimensions).
        and yes, when blogging i dont capitalize or use apostrophes in contractions. my grammar can sometimes be poor, and i’ve been known to misspell a word or two. i’m not perfect, just like everyone else.

        • Mike

          December 16, 2011 at 2:21 am

          Not only are you not perfect. Nobody is… You need to lay off the Kool-Aid…

      • pasdire

        December 16, 2011 at 7:07 am

        Ohhhh there we go!I knew there was a sunday morning teacher on here.

        Christians and sunday morning teacher…OMFG…these ppl are a joke

  30. icee82

    December 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Schools like many other things are out of control. They are super sensitive to everything and suspend people for offenses that are ridiculous. Teachers and school administrators are trying to be wardens rather than educators. It used to be important to provide a quality education and teach discipline. Now it is like a prison and the teachers are the security guards and the principal is the warden. The test scores prove that both the students and educators are off track. If Tebowing is the worst thing that happens at that school, they have had a pretty good year!!!

  31. Justin

    December 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Suspended give me a break! These are teenage kids taking a successful, young, positive NFL quarterback as their role model and haveing fun with it! Who would you rather have them take after Tony Montana the drug lord from the movie scarface?! I think we Should be happy that “Tebowing” is the worst thing that they are doing. Not punishing them for it!

  32. joeNphoenix

    December 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    OK look, the kids knew that what they were doing was getting reactions from lots of other kids. They weren’t “praying”, they were causing disruptions to the flow of traffic in the hallway between classes. Was it funny? Yes it was funny. Did allot of other kids think it was funny? Yes they thought it was funny. The kids had been warned about doing it before. They were told to stop. They didn’t stop, so the school had to get their attention. ISS is in school suspension. It’s not wasting tax dollars, because the kids are already at school. If the behavior had been allowed to go on, who knows what it might of led to. Someone tripping over another student and hitting their head because the halls suddenly clogged with a bunch of clowns “Tebowing”. Anyway…..The Joke ran its course and got squashed before it got out of hand.

    • R.U. Serious

      December 16, 2011 at 12:08 am

      Do you answer your own questions? Yes you do. Do you need spelling lessons? Yes you do. Do 40 students cause an obstruction? In a house, yes, but in a properly equipped school hallway, that’s obsurd. The real issue at hand should be that if 40 students cannot safely stop in a hallway without being a MAJOR obstruction, the school needs to be evaluated for safety concerns.

      • stangmark

        December 16, 2011 at 12:58 am

        i just love it when snotheads critique another’s spelling, then spell absurd as obsurd. classic. perhaps you should answer your own questions as well. go to your local high school and ask forty kids to tebow in the same general area in the hallway during the break between classes. then come back and let us all know how much of an obstruction they were. i’m genuinely curious to know your opinion afterward.

        • R.U. Serious

          December 16, 2011 at 6:37 am

          Aagain, inserted assumptions (the same general area) to feed your own argument. Where does it say they were in the same area other than the fact they were in the same building?

  33. GUEST

    December 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Umm… the constitution state we have the freedom of assembly? Example flash mobs in the middle of a busy airport. The constitution also states it is the highest law of the land. So the school had no power to suspend the students. I think the prinicpal needs to go back through high school again…

    • devil

      December 16, 2011 at 3:42 am

      Actually, the school is acting in loco parentis. While the students are at school the school has the right to act as their parent. Meaning while students are on school property they have no rights. Their lockers can be searched, the school can tell them how to dress and act. If they don’t follow the rules the get punished.

      • Mike

        December 16, 2011 at 3:50 am

        OK Hitler… First… I decide what is right for my child… Not some 1st. year out of college… 2nd go back to china or russia. Lower case on purpose…

  34. JEANNIEMAC

    December 15, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    To “Tebow” is to kneel in homage to God. Good for those who chose to Tebow.

    • R.U. Serious

      December 16, 2011 at 12:03 am

      So says you. It is your perception of the meaning. To me, it is simply kneeling, or doing “the thinker” pose. Stop giving all the credit to Tebow, please

    • stangmark

      December 16, 2011 at 1:40 am

      if an atheist tebows are they paying homage to the christian god?
      if a mormon crosses themselves are they paying homage to the catholic god?
      if a lutheran kneels and faces mecca 5 times a day are they paying homage to the islamic god.
      i dont think so.
      i dont think anyone who isnt christian should tebow, and i dont think christians should call praying tebowing. are you really ok with a fellow christian saying i am going to tebow for you. does it even sound a little bit right for the pastor to lead the congregation in tebowing. i think it’s great that he is open with his faith. but when we over-evangelicize, we risk the homage to god being transferred to ourselves. if tim tebow is such a good christian, i would hope he would start calling it prayer, and take a stand that others should keep praying, but stop calling it tebowing.

  35. joeNphoenix

    December 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    The school has a responsibility to provide a safe enviornment for education for all the kids. The kids were causing disruptions in the hall. Oh, and flash mobs are annoying. Thats a poor example.

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 6:08 am

      NERD…

  36. joeNphoenix

    December 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    They’re not “tebowing” for god they’re doing it to be funny.

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 6:11 am

      Ya weird… Their kids… NERD… Not only that one of them will probably be your Boss one day so lighten up NERD…

  37. Kel

    December 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    The real crime is that these kids are stupid enough to tebow, and the fact that we use it as a verb. It’s no wonder China is beginning to surpass us.

  38. Mike

    December 16, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Bet the school was run by butthurt Charger fans :)

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    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 4:34 am

      I hav’nt laughed that hard in a long time. Thanks man… I hope you were joking otherwise you need some serious help…

  40. mrjujubee

    December 16, 2011 at 2:00 am

    you people need to WAKE UP! this is SERIOUS. these kids were tboning each other in the middle of the hallway! this sort of deviant homosexual behavior does not belong anywhere, let alone in schools! these heathens should have been EXPELLED! god will punish them.

    • Nifferg

      December 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

      WOW you have issues.

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

      You need help…

  41. James

    December 16, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Once the kids, acting as kids do were told to stop. There doing it again earned them a suspension. Argue the severity of the punishment if you want, but punishment needed to occurr. And yes we all agree it wasnt that bad but once you are told to stop and dont case closed, you’re guilty!

  42. marianasaudio

    December 16, 2011 at 2:25 am

    This school is run by jackasses
    Can’t effectively teach our kids
    Can’t even keep toliet paper in the restrooms
    Most of the teaching is done by unstable people
    And this is the the best response that this school can come up with
    WTF

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 2:45 am

      When I was in High school their was a group of about 20 kids who would pray every morning before school in the middle of the quad. They started with about 20 and ended their prayers with about 200. This was way before Tebow… I dont see the problem expressing your faith in a peaceful way. Just so you know I wasn’t one of them but now I wish I was… It takes a lot of guts to do something you know you’re gonna get s**t for from a bunch of assholes who may not believe or are to chicken shit to admit they believe the same thing you do… God Bless all of you whoever you believe in… Merry Christmas or whatever…

  43. Russell C.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Another case of schools in a liberal state being run by out of touch people. Whether it is tebowing or prosecuting a seven year old for sexual harassment the more I see from people like this the more I believe it is time for abandoning the ignorant to there own deceptions. That way we can hasten the removal of such idiots from a civilized common sense society.

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 5:37 am

      I could not agree more… Well done…

      • mmac

        December 16, 2011 at 7:12 am

        Oh good Lord!!!!

  44. Jen

    December 16, 2011 at 4:13 am

    I’m amazed at how many have jumped ont he band wagon and insisting these kids were punished because they were praying. Yes when Tebow does this on the field he is actually sending a thanks to God. But really these kids are doing it because its cool and probably arent even aware that he is actually praying. Just like anything else thats popular at different times they are copying a hot athlete. Bottom line is they thought it was cool.

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 4:28 am

      Im amazed that you think kids trying to something cool is weird… Its been been going on since the dawn of time. NERD…

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  46. not

    December 16, 2011 at 6:40 am

    This school, like most schools, has a Code of Conduct and a step level of consequences. 1st offense equals a specific consequence; 2nd offense equals a little bit more significant consequence, 3rd offense, etc. No one knows if these kids have a previous discipline history. If they have a prior offense or offenses of insubordination and/or disruptions, already been spoken to, already had detentions, etc, then 1 day suspension in this case is appropriate. They were warned prior to being to doing this, what continuing this disruption would get them. This photo shows them in front of a stairwell, which is not very wide & empties into a very small vestibule that then empties into the hallway . In a video posted earlier, it shows them in a hallway with many students gathering to join them and they were blocking the hallway as the video shows others could not get by. So, this picture in front of the stairs is not the first and only time they did their fun. The issue is not their right to pray as they clearly said they were just having fun & they thought it would be cool. They were joking around after they were told not to do that anymore. Had they chosen to do this is the gym or in the cafeteria, or in the lounge across from the cafeteria, I think they would not have been suspended.

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 6:47 am

      Sorry not trying to ignore you… Just reading more intelligent feedback… If our founding fathers had listened to such rubbish such as you are spitting out… You wouldnt be breathing free air right now my friend…

  47. Macanic

    December 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I bet if it was a bunch of rag heads praying to allah, the rest of the hallway would have had to go around them as to not disturb them.

    More power to the kids, keep it up and disobey your ignorant rulers.

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

      You really are an ignorant ass… To answer your question Yes I would go about my business and leave them to theirs… I dont agree with their beliefs but I respect a persons right to choose…

  48. ChucksJunk

    December 16, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Sheep Nation strikes again! Bah, Bah, Baaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!

  49. TD Hawks

    December 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Here’s the problem. Everyone is upset because these kids were busted for praying. I don’t see anything in the article about praying. It is said that they were paying tribute to Tebow. Is he now the God that kids pray to??

    • mroz86

      December 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

      I don’t see a problem with tebowing, like making the sign of the cross when a MLB player hits a homer. Now if they start Roethlisbergering, thats another issue, that can’t be tolerated.

      • Trace

        December 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

        hahah Roethlisbergering..that made me laugh. so True.

      • 1truesaint

        December 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

        lol….so true, so true….but the way this world is, they would probablu praise that!

    • 206

      December 16, 2011 at 9:19 am

      I feel like people should stop worrying bout tebow and everything that comes with him and focus on real world ish like the world being on the verge of financial collapse. people are such dumb sheep, WE ARE SCREWED! AH!!!!

      • Dolphiner

        December 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

        Great comment 206….and totally true; these American high school kids, and the school’s administration, should be spending all of their time focused on fixing the Greek national debt crisis.

        • Cmcgeetech

          December 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

          HHAAhahhahahaha……hahhahahhhahhahhhah!!!!!!
          Burned. how can you turn this topic into a world crisis topic. Your on the wrong website 206

        • Mike Parkerson

          December 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

          Forget the Greek national debt crisis, except in an economic class perhaps. How about the school ignoring Tebowing in favor of making sure their charges can read and write when they graduate. It would be even more appropriate if they could, as graduating seniors soon to be voters, actually give a thoughtful (not memorized) interpretation of the Bill of Rights.

          • MGold

            December 18, 2011 at 8:00 am

            I agree whole heartedly with Mike P.! The US needs to spend a lot more time and money on Education if we are going to be competitive in the future. Part of our problem is the removal of the morning prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance from the classroom. When we were young that was the last thing that hurt any of us! If the words “In God We Trust” or “Our Nation Under God Indivisible” rubs you the wrong way it’s time to move out of OUR Country!

          • Scott

            January 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

            and judging from the looks of these kids, they probably haven’t cracked a book all year

    • Ed Mark

      December 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      I’m glad I’m retired from teaching. Kids can’t have any fun any more, and it’s a sad state of affairs. If this would have been my school back when America was really America, I would have probably joined the kids and had a contest to see who could do the best Tebow. No wonder our schools are going down the drain on a steadily increasing basis; the teachers have to teach to test scores, can’t teach values, and can’t even allow with the kids to enjoy their years of exploration. What a pathetically bland and repressive society we have become!

    • OneFocusedMan

      December 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

      I see that when Christians pray openly they get ridicule I would like to see that happen to a muslim oh that’s right when that happens the people that poke fun at Mohammed or Muhaamed mysteriously disappear what a travesty,

    • OneFocusedMan

      December 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      I see that when Christians pray openly they get ridicule I would like to see that happen to a muslim oh that’s right when that happens the people that poke fun at Mohammed or Muhaamed mysteriously disappear what a travesty,

  50. WMARBAC

    December 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

    This is a example of what is wrong with our county. Kids finally have a postive roll model. People are trying to take it away.

    A VERY SAD DAY FOR THE USA.

    • Bill G

      December 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

      WMARBAC, The school did nothing to take away a positive role model! Do you really think that Tim Tebow went through his time in school breaking the rules and endangering other students? What IS wrong with this country is that people like you and these kids think that you can do whatever you please and not have any consequences for your actions!

      • Alice W.

        December 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm

        Tim Tebow was an “Honors Student” in School & i think mostly in College 2.

        • geek

          December 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm

          Meanwhile, Alice W is still trying to master the difference between the word ‘two’ and the number 2.

    • George Holmes

      December 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Agree completely!! Muslims clog the streets of major cities praising their moon god; leftist display profane messages, exercising THEIR free speech; Bibles are discouraged and even banned in public schools… but show agreement with a true believer in the King of the universe??? … not in the present day America!! We will ALWAYS have ‘hope’… now we need CHANGE– big time!! I stand with the students– and I bow with them too–

      • geek

        December 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

        I couldn’t agree with you more, George! People should have the right to show agreement with the King of the universe whenever, ans however they like to.

        The Flying Spaghetti Monster cannot be denied, and anyone who does will regret it when they die. Let his noodly appendages touch and bless your hearts!

      • Gail Tewalt

        December 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

        I know I couldn’t get into the mall to do my Christmas shopping because of all the Muslim terrorists bowing down in the aisles. And my profane message (Go Packers!) boldly displayed on the LEFT side of my rear window got me arrested by Joe Arpaio’s brownshirts. Yes, George, we all know the most persecuted group in America is White Christians, that’s why Lowe’s is pulling their commercials from The Charlie Brown Christmas Special for being too secular.

        I think you missed your right turn back there, This is FOXSports, not FOXNews.

  51. idfma1

    December 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Two things;

    1) You break the rules, you are punished (the Jesus Freaks might want to refer to their Bibles for examples).

    2) Separation of Church and State (the Charter Freaks might want to refer to the Constitution–oh wait you’re the same as the Jesus Freaks)

    They were warned. They Did it again They were suspended.

    Simple.

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

      If this country were made up of gutless people like you we could quite possibly all be speaking french right now…

    • Dee

      December 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

      Strange that you refer to the constitution ~ as that gives them the right to worship without government interference.

      • Mike

        December 16, 2011 at 7:48 am

        I hope you were joking… This country was founded on freedom of religion… The separation of religion and state ring a bell…

        • anon

          December 16, 2011 at 9:24 am

          that is precisely the point Dee is making, though in this situation i see why the punishment was handed out. The state and religion are separate, giving the students or any individual the right to worship in public if wanted. In this case the students should have chosen a different location or time to tebow, and i don’t even think they were worshipping as much as paying tribute to an athlete.

        • Mr E

          December 16, 2011 at 9:31 am

          No, the seperation of religion and state doesn’t ring a bell. The letter from Jefferson to the Dansbury Baptist Church assuring them of their continuance to worship freely without state interferance DOES ring a bell though.
          Google it, read the WHOLE letter. the wall of seperation was intended to be a one-dimentional wall where the state would have no influence on religion but religion would definately remain an influence in state affairs. Jeffersons closing remarks, his reciprocation of the Churchs prayers would violate your version of the text.

          • Racer

            December 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

            Thank You Mr. E.

        • Racer

          December 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

          I have searched and searched, but cannot find in the constitution anything that says there is a separation between church and state. It is used so often. Can someone please tell me where it is at. I would love to be directed. Thank you!

      • Leigh

        December 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        Yeah…and No where in the Constitution does it say Separation of Church and State…Everyone knows or should know that this was a letter only…written by Thomas Jefferson…Not part of our constitution.
        Just like in the Bible there is no scripture that says”God helps them that helps themselves”…but how many times do we hear uneducated people make these claims because they heard someone say them and they just except them as being true….You need to read it for yourself and not just listen to other uneducated people who haven’t read for themselves either!

    • krl

      December 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

      idfma1
      Read your constitution. Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. See seperation of church and state is not found in there. Since people don’t bother to find out what the laws really say and only get spoon fed from MSNBC, FOX and CNN they will be the ones that are dupted in the end.

      • Mike

        December 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

        Amen…

      • Bill

        December 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

        This was not exercising a religious belief…they even said that it was a joke, and that they had been told by the school not to continue doing it. It is not a constitutional issue as you suggest…It was even explained that it could lead to a non-peaceable assembly and why. It was a school discipline issue, PERIOD!!!

    • Carlos Fernandez

      December 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

      Get a life you fool.

      • Mike

        December 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

        You first…

    • Eileen Callahan

      December 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

      Jesus freaks???? What a horrible thing to say…this shows what your mind and soul must be like. You should be ashamed of yourself. I am a strict Catholic but have respect for other religions and atheists and agnostics. You have no self-respect or you wouldn’t post things like you did.

    • hist teach

      December 16, 2011 at 8:35 am

      Check your copy of the Constitution. Nowhere in the Constitution do the terms separation of church and state appear. That phrase was used by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to a group of Connecticut Baptists, reassuring them that the state would not interfere in their religion. In the Constitution it states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This places restrictions on the state’s ability to interfere with religion, not the restriction of religion on the state. Our founding fathers’ intent was to do away with and prevent the establishment of a “state religion” as there had been in England and in the Puritan New England colonies.

      I do agree that since the boys had been warned, they cannot be surprised that they were disciplined for their actions.

    • Mitch

      December 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

      You should read that Constitution and find that passage that mentions separation of Church and State. It does not exist. The passage “separation of Church and State” is found in the writing of Thomas Jefferson but not in our Constitution. You can call them names, but one day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is indeed Lord. For the immediate incident. These kids broke the rules. And in typical school official fashion…they over-react…

      • geek

        December 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

        Hi Mitch,

        I agree with you, except about the Jesus/knee/confession part. If you were truly enlightened you would realize that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is humanities One True Savior. If you would only accept him and let his noodly appendages touch your heart and mind, you would find true happiness and prosperity in this life and the one after.

        Don’t reject his starchy holiness! You will be damned forever!

    • JUSJUS

      December 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

      when it is all said and done, no crime was committed. These children should not have been suspended for this. The media needs to stop capitalizing on Tebow, his every move his every word. The man is at least doing positive things with his life!!! get off of him and try to fix this Damn Economy that is so screwed up!!!

      • cmcgeetech

        December 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

        The only media that capitalizes on Tim Tebow is the sports media, which is there job. Tim Tebow was thought of as a QB that would not make it in the NFL and has gone 7-1 as a starter. Its a great story line for sports fans. I think Tebowing is awesome but there is a time and place. I agree on trying to fix this economy though.

    • Tina

      December 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Every time I hear “separation of church and state” in describing objections to things like this, I say “that’s not the intention of the phrase!”.

      I truly believe that the intent was to ensure that any given religion was not given the opportunity to rule the governing of the country’s people and avoiding events like the Crusades; to prevent the religious elite from using their country’s people and finances to war because of greed and intolerance of others. Agree or not, that’s what I interpret it as, in part.

      Another part of that interpretation is to prevent any one religion the ability to legislate or influence the morality of the masses…..and we see that’s really been effective, huh?

      • Gail Tewalt

        December 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm

        Touche Tina.
        The same people that bellow about the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are the ones who believe this is a “Christian Nation” and want to govern the US according to their interpretation of the Bible.

  52. Betsy

    December 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

    This is ridiculous. These young men were being respectful and emulating a great role model. I’m certainly glad my children did not attend this school. Keep up the Tebowing guys. You are also role models.

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 7:44 am

      I am all for giving praise to God… I dont think these kids understand why he does it though… Its not to make a spectacle of himself… I think it is a private moment between him and God… The media has blown it way out of proportion…

    • Bill

      December 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

      Betsy, Are you serious?Please read what they said…“The administration told us that our Tebowing was blocking the halls and could potentially cause a riot, because they were growing in number and if the wrong kid gets pushed a brawl could ensue,” . … We figured at the most we would just be told to stop.” They were told to stop and it was even explained why. They broke the rules anyway and deserve to suffer the consequences of their actions…they are not the kind of role models I want for my children. I don’t think Tim Tebow would either!!!!!

      • BEN

        December 16, 2011 at 9:04 am

        bill is a idiot

        • Bill G

          December 16, 2011 at 9:20 am

          Ben, First of all, it would be “Bill is an idiot.” . Secondly, I wouldn’t expect your statement to be grammatically correct since you obviously can’t read either! It is quite ballsy to call someone an idiot without giving any reason. NOT!!!! Yes, THAT IS WHY YOU ARE THE IDIOT!

        • geek

          December 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm

          Gee, that kettle sure is black, amirite Ben?

  53. Michael

    December 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Bottom line. Act up after school off school grounds. This is school and not the park, your yard, or your house.

  54. kamali

    December 16, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Wayne Drexel and Jordan Fulcoly only did the impromptu act of Tebowing “out of respect for Tebow, and because Tebowing is the new thing to do.” they were not praying just did it because they thought it was cool!!

    • cmcgeetech

      December 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

      Exactly, they probably have a date this weekend because of it. We all did something stupid in high school to get attention. Tebow!!!!!!

  55. Eugene

    December 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Leave if you can. This country is beyond repair.

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  57. islaguy

    December 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

    who cares – it a school parent and school issue -stupid internet

    • Mark Crow

      December 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

      If they were Muslim, I bet they would be accomodated and an area set aside for them to pray. They wouldn’t risk a lawsuit

      • Bill G

        December 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

        Mark, PLEASE WAKE UP!!! Can you not read??????? This was a JOKE, it had nothing to do with religion.

      • anon

        December 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

        yea, an area set aside not the middle of the hallway blocking all the students. the boys could have found a better location, but beyond that this isn’t a religious thing in the boys eyes. they said they were trying to tebow because it is popular and tebow is now a famous athlete. If it were a religious thing i am sure the school would have allowed it somewhere besides the middle of the hallway. the kids even said the school warned them against doing so in the hallway.

  58. listgirl3

    December 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

    This is another ridiculous incident where school authorities try to shwo ‘control’. Seriously….use school suspensions – in and out – for real offenses.

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

      I agree…

    • anon

      December 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

      they were suspended for blocking the hallway not for the act. and the school’s first response was to warn the students against it, the kids ignored the warnings and continued to block hallways. Maybe its a bit harsh, but if the kids are causing traffic jams in hallways that is a safety hazard to the school and if warnings weren’t enough to stop it then yea i see why they were suspended.

  59. ar

    December 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Wait???? 1. they were warned and broke the rules, because lets face it, they are right, push the wrong kid to get through the halls and a fight will happen. 2. the first part of the story says they “did it out of respect”, but then when they qouted the students, they said it was just a joke amongst friends that took on a “life of it’s own”……. The bible thumpers think they are be discriminated against for their religious beliefs, no, they are making fun of Tebow(ing) which is evident by the student comments. But that doesn’t matter to you, it gives you and excuse to take up a cause, because we all know that teens are super outwardly religious normally, hahaha. Never happened in all my years of schooling, in a large school that brought together a vast area of farm country with many very religous close knit families, and it never once happened…..

    these are just some kids making fun of the act of Tebowing as a joke and now that they are being punished for disobeying, (school isn’t a democracy, it is adults doing what they think is best for young kids, even though the kids think they already know everything.) they are hiding behind the “religion” card to try and get out of it. The same people who are crying foul over this are the same people who are concerned with making the entire world P.C. so that nobody is ever offended…..grow up…….

    • Mike

      December 16, 2011 at 8:19 am

      Nice… Good take on it…

    • Garrison

      December 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

      Just what I was thinking. I have read posts on this article on two different sites, and am sick of reading those saying the school is banishing God.

      I believe in God, I have no problem saying it. I just don’t need an ‘act’ publicly to let others know. But, it is VERY obvious from the students own quoted words, that this was simply a joke to them. NOT a true representation of their love of Tebow or God.

      Not to mention they were also warned about the issues with doing this. So, GOOD for the school for setting an example. Even if it’s just an IN-school suspension.

      Have a good day, and God bless.

    • anon

      December 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

      i agree with you, another reason its unsafe to tebow is it is potentially a fire hazard. now it is probably unlikely that at the moment they tebow a fire breaks out in the school, but causing traffic jams would make it difficult to have an orderly exit out of the building. while i am christian, i don’t think praying is a good excuse to block the hallway. find another location to pray if that is what one wishes to do. so to those arguing against the punishment on religious grounds, that is ridiculous. the school didn’t suspend them for showing any religious beliefs it was about the safety of students. but beyond that the students weren’t even praying so that argument is totally off base.

    • mroz86

      December 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

      finally, the end.

  60. Frankie

    December 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I wish all you people would stop calling this kneeling posture as “tebowing”….TEBOW you are no GOD….

    Players in the NFL have been kneeling in prayer long before TEBOW came along…..
    Sorry the kids are facing issue of taking up a posture of prayer…if yuo are truely praying then you have no issue frim me. but stop refering to this as TEBOWing is a stupid comparison and TEBOW needs to step up and say something…

  61. WILFREDO

    December 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

    i don’t really get it, all this people talking non sense… what you rather do ” good or bad ” brainless. now please tell me, would you rather have a son that does good? or you rather have a son that does bad? so now why we are so into people’s life. He is not doing nothing wrong just do good… praying to God, if some people are do not watch the game.
    God bless you all!

    • geek

      December 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      I would rather have a son that does good. If my son does bad I will have to stone him to death, as it states I must in the bible.

      Praise jeebus!

  62. Michael

    December 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I am amazed at what is happening in this country today. Firstly, freedom of speech no longer exists. Secondly, no prayer in schools. I wonder if the nation started praying how many people would lose their jobs or be told to leave their jobs on a suspension? This nation should be on its knees daily. Look at all the things happening not just in America, but the world abroad. I’ll be so happy when the rapture takes place when Jesus raptures up his children. As far as I am concerned and from what it says in the Holy Bible, Heaven is a far better place than earth.

    • True Man

      December 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Don’t forget we are ready to eliminate habeas corpus.

      Welcome to Nazi Germany II

  63. Tina

    December 16, 2011 at 8:54 am

    If the purpose was for prayer, then I would be upset over the action taken by the school.

    If the purpose was “Tebowing” and paying tribute to the athlete, then I would feel differently. What the heck is “tebowing” anyway? Simply kneeling and looking like your are in prayer, or is it a synonym for praying?

    Regardless, blocking the halls is indeed a hazard to ALL students and needed to be addressed. HOWEVER, if students were given a place to pray, IN SCHOOL, then maybe this wouldn’t happen. We seem to allow the use of school property for many other clubs or organization.

    That said, what can we expect when we allow reciting the PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE to be taken out of the start of each school day!

    • Michael

      December 16, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Well said Tina, well said.

  64. True Man

    December 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Too much discipline in today’s schools, not enough education.

    I don’t suppose walking drug dogs through the halls is “disruptive” would you say?

    More power to Tebow, keep it up champ.

  65. Merry

    December 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

    The kids were not punished for Tebowing….they could Tebow all they want IF they did it in a safe place. They were punished for doing it in the HALLWAY. Sheesh, I knew as soon as I read this that it would drive the whackos to make it all about religion and freedom of speech. Besides, this was not about God, but about Tebow…I think Tebow would speak out against this as it is actually very un-Christian-like.

  66. Dave

    December 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Yes…all praise be to god and these children who were praising a MAN named Tebow and not actually your/their/my/whomever’s god. instead of focusing on the fact that this is a school violation that has nothing to do with being pro or anti religion, let’s turn this discussion instead to religion again and the a/ awful godless heathens who hijacked this country or b/ the awful god-loving people…who have hijacked the country. both sides are constantly offended and ignorant of the facts or reality of half these stories.

    my advice for you? let’s hope your god is as compasionate and merciful as you claim, because if he’s not he sure is going to do you dirty when you die.

    you want to know why this country is sliding? because you a-holes on the right and the left all act the same.

  67. Michael

    December 16, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Name calling is not necessary Dave, that is a bit extreme. Our names are posted as you can see, Dave. Instead of being upset, Dave, try being understanding of the whole picture. I can guarantee you that that prayer position that athletes use in sports to thank God offends a lot of people. For those people who are offended by people who honor God and give him the praises he is very much due for at all times, then those people should not want to go to Heaven, right?

  68. Nelson

    December 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Some people mean well, with their actions or comments. Most of us grow up with respect to whatever God we worship. Tim Tebow’s show of respect has been a part of his life since early childhood, raised with good family values, who volunteer regularly around the world with religious practices. When Tim was showing his respect to his God with his kneeling to say a quick prayer, I’m sure he never expected this kind of attention.He did this at the University of Florida, and nothing disrespectful occurred. Now that he has turned the fortunes of the Denver Broncos around, all of a sudden, it’s big news???

  69. Tina

    December 16, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Tebow should continue to follow and show his faith as he is obviously comfortable with…more power to him for standing for something good, religion or otherwise.

    Wis there were more role POSITIVE role models in athletics like him instead of the cheating, brawling, drug-ingesting and greedy ones we continue to hear about, the world would be better place…

  70. Betaman

    December 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Now if these kids were Tebowing in my way in the middle of the hallway, I’d just tell them to get the f*ck out of my way, and walk right through them… Simple as that? Suspension? Why, when the kids can easily solve this act of immaturity…

  71. charles jackson

    December 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

    This is to the students who were suspended for tebowing don’t ever stop you were not suspended for tebowing you were suspended because it looks like you are giving honor to God. Tell them to kiss off and stand for what you believe in, believe in what you stand for.
    I say this to you “GIVE EM HELL”.

    • anon

      December 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

      they weren’t suspended because they looked like they were worshiping but because they were blocking the hallways after being warned not to. yes, they have a right to continue tebowing but they should do so in a safer location not the middle of a school hallway.

  72. Mr E

    December 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

    At first I was really disappointed with this story… UNTIL I read the part where the kids were warned not to create a tripping hazard in the hallway.
    You must obey administrative rules, if you defy them, you must pay the consequence. The school didnt say you couldnt pray, they said dont block the hallway. If you wish to pray, find a safe or secluded spot and do so.
    The act of Tebowing doesnt appear to be praying, at least for the right reasons. Its assuming a position LIKE someone else. When you genuinely pray, it is required to show reverence and bowing is the way to do that, but the internet craze of Tebowing has fallen off the mark, in my opinion… unless they earnestly are giving thanks to God, then by all means, have at it, just do it in a safe place.

  73. WILFREDO

    December 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

    DOLLAR BILLS SAYS ” IN GOD WE TRUST ” TIM TEBOW DID NOT CAME UP WITH THIS. WE ALL TALK ABOUT RESPECT EACH OTHER, BUT THERE IS PEOPLE THAT CONTRADICTED THEM SELVES.
    IF GOD IS IN HIM… RESPECT HIM THE SAME WAY HE WILL RESPECT YOU. GOD IS MY CREATOR, THAT IS MY OPINION AND IF I OFFENDED ANYBODY, I APOLOGIZE.

  74. j.d. matthews

    December 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

    all of you are freakin’ morons!!! what those kids did id covered by the tract law clause of the first amendment passed by the supreme court in 1997..it says that any student in any school is able to express his or her opinion about anything as long as it is not coerced by someone who is not a student…the american center for law and justice has taken this issue to dourt hundreds of times in the last few years, and school administrators have been reduced to babbling idiots in front of judges because of their idiotic positions…i hope this happens here!!!

  75. KTYBOFF

    December 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

    It’s time to break out our GUNS

  76. True American

    December 16, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Crazy! I can understand that a school has to have rules and rules need to be followed. What I don’t like is the creation of rules that arise after a situation occurs. Is the principle a Packers fan or what? Not pickin on Packers fans but, the point is that any school can create a new rule at anytime and enforce it (common sense goes out the window). Are kids allowed to talk to one another in the hallways? I think talking and carrying books in the hallways is more of a problem. Look, a kid could drop his books and cause a riot. A kid could offend someone in the hallway if they said excuse me or hi and cause a riot. I think they should keep kids out of the hallways and that would certainly prevent a riot. If all the kids stayed at home and were home schooled then the school district would not have to worry about any riots. To say that the reason the school did not want the Tebowing is because a kid could get hurt or a riot could evoke is stupid! If that were the case I would hate to step foot in that school. The administrators of this school must be some real prudes. Kind of reminds me of that old lady in the movie Porky’s. Do they have metal detectors at the gates of this school? Just wondering.

  77. Ray W

    December 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Wow, half of you people can’t read. This had nothing to do with religion. They were mocking Tebow’s pose. It was a Joke to them! No wonder this country is in the shape it’s in, half of America has no reading comprehension.

    • TRUE AMERICAN

      December 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Jokes and pranks can be dangerous! The problem I have is the reason the school officials gave for the suspension. “Can cause a riot.” If this is the case then it sounds like the school officials have poor control of the school. Maybe kids should not be allowed to use the rest room for fear that they may be molested.

      One day I dropped my kid off at school. He ran to the front door. A school official standing at the door made him return to the curb and walk slowly into the school. I about jump out of my van and duked it out with that dummy. My son is excited to go to school and learn something. Yeh, after being happy to go to school and returning to the curb he learned that people can be jerks. So in the end, in my mind, I thanked the school official for being a jerk and teaching my son a lesson, that some school officials that we trust to educate our children can be idiots.

      • Ray W

        December 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

        agreed, school officials make idiotic rules, but that’s life. Hell, I’m sure your own employer has some ridiculous rules too. But guess what, you still have to follow those rules. Don’t teach your kids that you don’t have to listen to authority if they have stupid rules. Your kids probably think your rules are dumb too. I think the riot ‘excuse’ is valid. They said they had 40 kids tebowing in the hallways. Some other kids start trying to push through the idiot kids tebowing and a fight is sure to occur.

  78. Tebow Mania

    December 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

    A RIOT REALLY!!! These are the same hippies that went out and smoked pot with the summer of free love but Tebowing is bad! Maybe the administration should keep a eye on there own with all the child abuse going on in our schools!!

  79. edwin stewart

    December 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

    The pricipal of this school is a jerk There is nothing wrong what kid ‘s did . Why do they fear this they are not hurting enyone? The school has gone too far . stupid.

  80. rick

    December 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Who thinks they were ‘praying’…maybe acting like ‘morons’… wow.

    • monalisa

      December 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

      I agree these kids were not praying.

  81. Di

    December 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I think Tim Tebow is a wonderful role model. Tim Tebow is finally someone that you don’t mind your child look up to, for a change.  He is not a god nor does he try to be one he just thanks Our Lord God for what he has and it takes great courage to stand up in this sick world. Please pray for him and these students.As for money that is a false god, people have worshiped it for way too long.As for these students and for others who are persecuted for their belief in Jesus Christ you need to know that there are lawyers who will defend you free. ACLJ http://aclj.org/Thomas More Law http://www.thomasmore.org/qry/page.taf?id=14
    GOD BLESS the USA and the rest of the WORLD

    • Ray W

      December 16, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Dear dumb DJ, please note that these students were MOCKING Tebow’s pose. They weren’t praying!!! LEARN TO ****ING READ!!!

  82. Jan

    December 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Over-reaction of the school – but please understand: an “in-school suspension” means the student is in the building, receives all their classwork for the day and simply serves out their suspension by sitting in a classroom that day, doing their work.

    In other words, the only difference is they don’t get to hang out with their friends for a day in the hallways between classes.

    We don’t (and won’t) know if this was their first of 50th “misbehavior.” If they were warned not to do it, and did it anyway, then the school is simply following through with their promise of consequence. You do the “crime,” you do the “time.”

  83. Larry Launstein Jr

    December 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

    It comes down to the whole separation of church and state thing. It has gotten so bad that some folks want to take “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance. If the guys want to Tebow, I say let them. Maybe they should not block the halls, but give them a place where they can do this.

    • Ray W

      December 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Ugh, no it doesn’t! They WERE NOT praying. They were mocking Tebow. It’s just like the whole planking phase a few months ago. This has nothing to do with these dumb kids praying. They were mocking an athlete’s pose, nothing more, nothing less.

  84. monalisa

    December 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I think this Tewbow garbage is old already. He is praying to his lord whatever but these kids don’t realize that, they are missing the whole point. Monkey see Monkey do…

  85. Al D

    December 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

    First of all, “Tebowing” is not a word. Secondly, it was a JOKE and had nothing to do with prayer (see below):

    Said Connor Carroll (via Prep Rally):
    “The administration told us that our Tebowing was blocking the halls and could potentially cause a riot, because they were growing in number and if the wrong kid gets pushed a brawl could ensue,” Carroll told Prep Rally. “We had no idea that we could get suspended for such a thing. It was A JOKE between a group of friends that took a life of its own. We figured at the most we would just be told to stop.”

    Thirdly, they were told not to do it AGAIN:

    “along with the fact that they received PRIOR WARNING, appears to be the reason behind why only the two boys received their respective in-school suspensions.”

    And finally, a question for all those who say they should be allowed to “pray” in school (which apparently is NOT what they were doing but if you say so): if a Native American student (or students) decides to have a religious ceremony, which by your definition is what Tebowing (again, not a word ) is, smokes peyote in the halls will you accept that he or she should be allowed to do so? It is not, after all, prohibited by law (see below):

    “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the use, possession, or transportation of peyote by an Indian for bona fide traditional ceremonial purposes in connection with the practice of a traditional Indian religion is lawful, and shall not be prohibited by the United States or any State.” {American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments of 1994 (42 U.S.C. § 1996a.}

    • Ray W

      December 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

      I agree with everything you say, but ‘Tebowing’ not being a word. Of course it’s not a word. Nor was ‘D’oh’, until Homer Simpson started using it. It’s now in Webster’s. People create words all the time to define something which has no definition. You seem like you would be educated enough to come to the same conclusion.

      • Al D

        December 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

        Yes, Ray, people do make up words and some do become part of our lexicon but many more do not and should not. Do you think that 100 years hence people will still be saying “Tebowing”? No doubt they will still say “D’oh” because no doubt the Simpsons will still be on the air! I just don’t think that “Tebowing” has any real use in the English language. But then what do I know; “refudiate” is defined in the New Oxford American Dictionary. I’ll tell you what—when I see “okely dokely” in Webster’s I may come around to your view on this point. I’m happy you agreed with everything else.

  86. David

    December 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Ah, the lovely marriage of political correctness and the Department of MisEducation. 2 of the most dangerous things to American society. Banish these 2, not the students.

  87. 49sfji

    December 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Even if they were praying, they were ask to stop, they were stopping the flow of traffic and someone really could have hurt themself or others. If these students want to pray in school then maybe their parents should sent to a religious schoo.

  88. Diana

    December 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Jesus Freaks? Who you calling Jesus Freaks? The Freaks in this world are the men & women who chose to be Gay & Lesbians. They are the “Freaks”. They are the one’s breaking the Rules of a normal, decent, traditional society. And “they” will get their “just” reward. Simple as that. I don’t understand, why do homosexuals & atheist feel they have more Rights than Heterolsexuals (aka, Normal people)? Those kids have the Right to bow & pray like Tebow!! Just like these gays feel they have the right to be gay? Lol….gays?? …haahaaa….w/e….what a sad society & world we live in today. I worry for the “future” of my children….

    • Jim

      December 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      With a crack pot for a mother, I worry for your children, too.

  89. Paco Stillman

    December 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Hopefully, the kids were PRAYING on one knee rather than two knees (Catholic church style). Marines take a knee at the grave site of their fallen. They are NOT “Tebowing” but just praying in a manner they are accustomed to!
    Being a 61 y/o handicapped man, I pray ON MY BACK and constantly but hardly ever in public display.
    The LORD bless Tebow and also bless those who pray–on one knee or two. . .or even on their back.
    Jesus Christ is LORD and GO BRONCOS, GO TEBOW !

  90. wayne barcomb

    December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Suspending these kids for “tebowing” is sooooo ridiculous!!! Our schools would be infinitely better off if that was the worst thing students do. The administrators at that school need to get a grip on life.

  91. Monalisa

    December 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    See now people are bringing in something that has no importance to the situation at hand these kids are one not praying if they are they wouldn’t have a smile on their faces and how about taking a picture when they are in church on Sunday…. That will not happen because 1 that is disrespectful and 2 they would not be in church on Sunday. Tewbow is not God. Yes we can be thankful for an athlete to be positive and kids following that but after his 15 minute then what (no point intended lol)

  92. Glen

    December 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Read the story they were not praying Quote from story [It was a joke between a group of friends that took a life of its own. We figured at the most we would just be told to stop.”] They were blocking the hall during changing of classes. If you do not see a problem with this then go to a high school and try it some time if you are lucky you will not be run over by students trying to get to class on time.

  93. Molly6

    December 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I only have one question: In the name of common sense, if they aren’t “Hurding” or “Sanduskying” why would anyone have any kind of negative reaction? I hate to think how much trouble we would have been in back in the 70’s and early 80’s for things we did. Back then this would be considered harmless pranking and maybe even good for school and team spirit. I believe they teach administrators and other stuffed shirt types the value of such things in retreats for “team-building”. Maybe this one was left out last time and just doesn’t get it!

  94. Jim

    December 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    They don’t understabd it, they have no clue and it will probably will destroy Tebow’s earthly gift along with a bunch of foolish children dreams. And the fault rests directly on the shoulder of the media, espcially sports media. Good job boys.

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