Long Island students have joined the viral Tebowing craze but received suspensions without warning at River Head High School in New York.
The plank-style movement is a mock pose of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a devout Christian who is often seen on the sidelines separated from the rest of his team, knelt down on one knee while bowing his head in prayer.
The craze went viral several weeks ago, when after a close win some Denver fans watching the game at a New York city bar went outside struck the pose and posted the pic to Facebook. Now people from all over snap shots of themselves “Tebowing” in different area’s.
Now, Riverhead school administrators told the New York Post that twin brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll and classmates Jordan Fulcoly and Wayne Drexel had been told not to mimic the signature move of the Denver Broncos quarterback in the hallways.
They claimed that they were causing a safety hazard because several other students would clog the hallway as they joined them. The twins were the only ones to receive a one day suspension.
The suspended students however, say they were never warned, and that they didn’t know they were doing anything wrong by paying tribute to what they believe is a role model that does not do drugs and has solid religious beliefs. .
“This is not about religious discrimination,” Riverhead School District Superintendent Nancy Carney told the Post. “It is about being sure kids are able to get to class on time and keeping the kids safe and orderly.” On the YouTube video several students can be seen congregating in the hallway around the boys with some trying to push by.