A pair of high school students have found themselves suspended after organizing an homage to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
“Tebowing” has currently replaced planking as the new photo fad, and pics of people recreating Tebow’s penchant for dropping to one knee and praying during NFL games are littering social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Two football players at Riverhead High School in Riverhead, New York, decided to kick things up a notch and put together a “flash mob” of forty Tebowing students to simultaneously kneel down in the hallway and strike the now-famous Tebow pose.
School administrators were not amused.
Principal David Wicks told Newsday, “It causes a potentially unsafe situation with 1,500 people in the building.”
“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,” Wicks said.
The students were twin brothers Connor and Tyler Carroll, 17, and their father Ken Carroll said that while he “understands [the school's] position on safety,” he thinks it “doesn’t seem fair” that his sons are “being singled out” from the group of 40 students.
Superintendent Nancy Carney explained that the Carroll twins had previously been warned about Tebowing in the hallway, and their current insubordination is what let to the suspension.
“I understand kids are kids and all of those things,” Carroll said. “The key piece here is that [school officials] want to maintain order at all times in our schools and hallways. It becomes disruptive when you have that many kids down the hallways.”
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