A group of high school athletes on Long Island were suspended for Tebowing in the hall.
Tebowing, for those not aware of what the cool keeedz are doing, is the act of getting down on one knee to pray even as everyone around you is doing something different. It’s basically the same, silly sort of thing as planking, just inspired by Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Okay, back to Riverhead High School. Jordan Fulcoly, Wayne Drexel and brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll were given one-day suspensions for Tebowing in the hallways, reports claim. Newsday, however, reports only the Carroll brothers were suspended.
This might be a first for high school athletes, to be suspended for paying homage to a devoutly Christian athlete rather than hazing and abusing some naive freshman.
Superintendent Nancy Carney said the suspensions had nothing to do with the religious nature of the gesture. The punishment stems from the fact that some 40 students joined Tyler and Conor in Hallway Tebowing, causing a traffic jam and violating the school’s fire code.
“There were two students who were insubordinate,” Carney said. “That’s why those kids were suspended. I understand kids are kids and all of those things; the key piece here is that they want to maintain order at all times in our schools and hallways. It becomes disruptive when you have that many kids down the hallways.”
“It causes a potentially unsafe situation with 1,500 people in the building,” Principal David Wicks told Newsday. “If you have 40 kids kneeling down in the middle of a hallway, and God forbid a fire alarm goes off, they could potentially stop someone from getting to safety.”
Tebowing is now a fire hazard!
“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,” football and baseball player Connor Carroll told Cameron Smith of Yahoo’s 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.”
Carroll insisted there was plenty of room for anyone to pass by while the athletes were Tebowing. As you can see in the video below of the incident, plenty of students can make it through the Tebow pile, even if they seem like they’re struggling to do so.
While it seems Planking-level dumb to be Tebowing everywhere you go, this is a pretty harmless incident and certainly an overreach by the school. The administration’s desire to suspend kids involved seems more of one to prevent further instances of this behavior, not for anything the kids actually did.
There’s probably a joke in here about God’s wrath, Tebow being a false idol, or something along those lines, but we still have a hard time fathoming that high school kids got suspended for Tebowing.
Good lord. Literally?
On a related note, enjoy Tebow of Nazareth from the Retar Crew: