High-school students suspended for “Tebowing”

Eric Pfeiffer
December 16, 2011

Two New York high-school students have been suspended for organizing a bended-knee tribute to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Seventeen year old Connor and Tyler Carroll are fans of the NFL star, a devout Christian who has led his team on an improbable 7-1 record since becoming the team's starting quarterback.

The NFL player has unwittingly started a global trend called "Tebowing"--what the site tebowing.com describes as, "to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different."

For some, the act of Tebowing is highly ironic, but for the Carroll brothers it was meant as a sincere gesture. However, in this case, the kids in question have provoked the ire of one bystander "doing something completely different": Superintendant Nancy Carney, who took vigorous issue with organized Tebowing in the school hallway. About 40 students reportedly participated in the latest act on Wednesday, which you can watch in the video below:


Carney said the suspension has nothing to do with the religious nature of the gesture. "It is about being sure kids are able to get to class on time and keeping the kids safe and orderly," Carney said. "These students were warned and did it again. If the kids aren't going to abide by rules, there are consequences."

However, the Carroll brothers said they not received a prior warning.

"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."

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