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Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 10:12 am
By Will Brinson

The world, in case you didn't realize it, is obsessed with Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

The latest example was Rick Perry name-checking the Denver quarterback during Thursday's Republican debate.

As if Tebow didn't have enough unnecessary controversy surrounding him, though, there's a story coming out of a New York high school, where a group of teens were suspended for Tebowing in their school's hallway.

The logic for the suspensions? The students were clogging up the hallways.

Tebowing, in case you didn't know, involves going to one knee in a prayer-like fashion during normal, daily activities. And in this case, screaming "TE-BOWWWW! TEEEE-BOWWWW!"

"Basically I took part in this to show tribute to Tim Tebow," one student said. "He's an ideal role model. He's a winner, he's a leader he has great faith. I thought eventually they would tell us to stop but I didn't expect a suspension by any means. I think it's an overreaction.

"I don't think it's that big a deal -- we're showing tribute to a role model. He's not a guy doing steroids or drugs or anything like that. He's an ideal role model. People should look up to him."

The school rescinded a pair of the suspensions, but as I understand, two students are still in trouble.

"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," Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney said. "Students cannot block hallways and prevent other students from getting to class."

Not mentioned in that statement: "if I let kids go buck wild with prayer-like gestures, I'm going to get sued!"

Perhaps in the future if the students want to to imitate Tebow, they should simply run around swinging their arms through the air like they have poor throwing mechanisms or something.

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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:33 pm

Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

Syeely3000, your points are completely invalid.  The reason Tebow is a role model is not what he does as a quarterback.  The reason he is a role model is because of his actions off the field, which you never hear him mention himself.  His work on orphanages in the Phillipines, his trips to prisons and jails to pray with the prisoners, etc.  Before you going throwing spaghetti at the wall, maybe you should work on your facts.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:24 pm

Stupid kids

If these kids were really emulating Tebow they wouldn't be shouting at all. I agree with those who think the kids are just goofing and trying to cause a stir. Suspend the little jerks. They can Tebow all they want in their rooms at home.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:58 pm

Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

,  you really know what God thinks?  When was the last time you talked to him, outside of using His name in vain?  You not only know the mind of God, but you're an expert judge of heart and character.  Boy I'd sure like to be you!

For everyone else posting on this article, you can blame the liberal media and even this idiot sportswriter for hyping the Tim Tebow non-story to the point that high schoolers in NY take notice.  What's the big deal?    Other professional athletes publicly show their faith!  ...can't find anyone else to pick on so we'll just slam the christian!  Makes us feel better! 

And for the rest of the idiots who say Tim's not a good quarterback... you guys must've figured out a mavelous mystery!  How someone could win the top honor in all of college football, then get selected to start for a professional team.... and suddenly be, in your esteemed estimation, no good.  Boy you people sure are smart!  

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:52 pm

Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

I'm not the religious type at all, however I can't believe how silly you sound talking about "god caring about what happens on a football field" Of course he (God) does not care...... however Tebow is praying, or thanking the lord for the strength he provided to perform and/or overcome to prevail.  You only have to go to church for Christmas, and Easter to know that.  That's what makes Tebow great, he is genuine, he keeps his faith "even when its not cool" and NOW he's actions are rubbing off on kids. I cant think of any reason why this is bad.  Finally an athlete worth being called a "role model".  Wow...... why is this bad, would you rather kids be Ray Lewising or maybe Sam Hurding, how about Bary Bondsing, Mark McGuiring, or Micheal Iriving ect, ect, the list goes on and on.  That's perspective! 

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:51 pm

Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

Your comments are as thoughtless and without foundation as those who are defending these little jerks.
My Aunt taught Tebow at UF and he could not have been more UNpretentious, humble and reserved.

You don't know the guy so don't speak like you do.

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:49 pm

Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

do some research before blathering. I am HUGE Tebow fan but these kids were just trying to get on ESPN. 
They succeeded because of thoughtless kneejerk reactions like yours. 

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:46 pm

Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

Can I get an AMEN for COMMON SENSE? Thanks for a thoughtful post.

Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:42 pm

Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

I live 10 minutes from this high school and this article has it all wrong....  these kids are goofing on Tebow!  A few have changed the story after the fact to avoid suspension.   

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:08 pm

Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

There are many sports celebrities who help their community day in and day out, without needing to display their faith on the field. In fact most celebrities keep their charity giving and religious beliefs to themselves, and don’t flaunt it in front of everyone.

The fact that Tebow has to display his faith on a football field is what makes him a phony. God doesn’t give a rat’s ass about who wins a damn football game, and Tebow would gain more respect from his peers if he would admit it.

But it is the kids who treat this jerk as a role model that bothers me, and makes them as phony and pretentious as he is. No football player should be treated as a role model, no matter how many games he wins, or because of his display of faith. There are many more deserving people who should be looked on by youth as role models, who are TRUE winners…firemen, policemen, people who give their lives day in and day out. These are winners, not some damn quarterback.

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:07 pm

Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

This isn't about freedom of religion anyway. It is about a group of students masking a prank behind a religious gesture. If they were praying, they wouldn't be shouting Tebow's name and laughing. I teach. This isn't uncommon - student using religious gestures to mask a prank because they can turn adults against each other just like on this thread. If the students had made any other nonreligious gesture and blocked a hallway causing this distrubance, no one would be complaining. In the end, the students got attention and created a battle between the public and the school. They won, and a got a day off from school.

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