Saturday, December 17, 2011

High Schoolers Banned for Tebowing

In order to pose an objection to Tebowing, a weak excuse is concocted. Using student safety as an excuse, the superintendent was able to escape bigotry. Instead of detention, it is unfortunate the superintendent made examples of these athletes by giving them suspensions. Started as a joke, Tebowing caught on to other students. As more students participated in Tebowing, the school felt threatened. It is sad that the school took away our "Pledge of Alligance." Now, they are taking away our right to religious freedom. However, it is important to know that Tebowing is not necessarily a religious act. These kids are mimicking a great role model. Is it wrong for these kids to pay tribute to Tim Tebow? Rather, would the school support a role model who smokes pot, or allow dog fighting?

(ESPN) No running in the halls -- and no Tebowing either.

That's what one Long Island administration said Wednesday when it suspended a group of high school athletes for replicating Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow's popular pose in the hallway at school.

Jordan Fulcoly, Wayne Drexel and brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll of Riverhead High School were all handed a one-day suspension Wednesday, after three days of taking a knee with their foreheads resting on their fists, the same way Tebow does in the end zone and on the sidelines. The news was first reported by Yahoo! Prep Rally earlier Thursday.

Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney said that two of the students' suspensions were later rescinded, citing that administrators found that those students were not given the same warnings that the other two were.

Tebow has made headlines for the move, a display of his devotion to his Christian faith. The students were not suspended for bringing religion into the school, but instead for clogging the hallway.

Carney said that she supported the administration's efforts to maintain a safe environment and was surprised that the incident has received this much attention. Since the news broke, Carney said she has been receiving hate mail from people charging that the suspension is due to religious prejudice.

Reports said that the students had been Tebowing all week, starting Monday. It was meant to be a joke, only paying homage to one of pro football's newest stars. But other students started joining in and administrators claimed it had become a disturbance. District officials reportedly told the students that the celebration was making it unsafe for students walking the hall in between classes.

The incident saw about 40 students engaging in the popular Tebowing. Only the four students, all athletes, were suspended. Caroll told Prep Rally that the administration told them "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."