Tebowing is named after the Broncos quarterback,Tim Tebow that involves getting down on one knee, placing one’s elbow on the knee and fist against the forehead as a praying pose.
However, tebowing has gotten two students in trouble with their school. At first four students were suspended, but two suspensions were rescinded because the additional two students had not been warned.
Connor Carroll, 17, and his twin brother, Tyler are seniors at Riverhead High School in New York. They both received a one-day in-school suspension even though about 40 students were tebowing.
What school administration said:
The students had been tebowing in the hallways for about three days and administration issued warnings to the students. Administration said the suspensions had nothing to do with the particular act of tebowing and said that the crowding of the hallways was becoming a distraction for other students attempting to go to their classes.
School administration said the athletes were suspended for organizing several “kneel-downs” in tribute to Tim Tebow.
Riverhead School Superintendent Nancy Carney said in a statement that the students’ actions created a potential safety hazard.
“I think it’s wonderful that our students look up to sports heroes such as Mr. Tebow, but we can’t allow students to create unsafe situations in school. Students cannot block hallways and prevent other students from getting to class.”
What the suspended students said:
Connor Carroll said he and his friends merely wanted to pay tribute to Tebow as a “role model, leader and winner.” He conceded that although kneeling for Tebow has a religious connotation, their intent was simply to honor a sports hero.
What Tim Tebow said:
When told about the suspension, Tim Tebow said that while he appreciates their boldness, the students have to obey their elders. “I think if they had good intentions, then good for them for having the courage to do something different. You have to respect the position of authority and people that God’s put as authority over you, so that’s part of it, and just finding the right place and the right time to do things is part of it, too.”
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The twin were given in-school suspensions; Conner was suspended on a Friday and Tyler was suspended the following Monday.
Writer’s Note: It is interesting that when Tebow does it, he is honoring and praying to God; however, when the students did it, they were doing it to honor Tebow.