December 16th, 2011
01:23 PM ET

'Tebowing' leads to teens' suspension

(CNN) - Four student athletes were suspended after encouraging several others to do the 'Tebow' prayer pose, blocking a hallway in school.

Read more of our coverage of the prayer pose here: 'Tebowing' prayer stirs debate, but quarterback is OK with it

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  1. HeavenSent

    Heaven sent us tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, and famines, plus cancers, typhoid, meningitis, lupus, and other horrible diseases that cause horrid suffering and death to millions of people worldwide.

    And then god wants to torture you in hell forever if you suspect that he doesn't exist, even given that there is no specific evidence for his existence and that he apparently hasn't shown his face for at least 2000 years if ever.

    Wow, god must be quite the cruel, evil jerk. To be polite.

    December 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  2. Kebos

    The picture on this article with the two girls and one guy looking at what I believe is a minister with their faces all aglow from the words they are receiving from what looks like a bible the minister is holding is too funny.

    "Please tell us more of your great wisdom and guidance. We have so much to learn from you and your texts"

    Absolute drivel.

    December 17, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  3. Ryan

    They got suspended for doing something they knew was going to cause disruption because of the whole separation of church and state issue. Acts of religious expression in school are not allowed for many reasons.

    December 16, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
    • Soul68

      No they got suspended because they were blocking the hallway between classes for an extended period of time and they were asked not to do that. When they didn't listen to the principle, he had to suspend them.

      But go ahead with your phony Christian persecution story even though it's not based in any truth. They could have been "planking" or just sitting in the hallway, it doesn't matter the meaning behind it. They were asked not to, they still did it. Suspension.

      December 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  4. Ungodly Discipline

    This cracks me up. I should have gone to jail for all the crap I pulled in High School. Tebowing? These kids need some lessons.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • derp

      They look like they are to dorky to get laid, so I guess Tebowing is the next best thing.

      December 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  5. Michael

    Pray however you want, just don't do stupid sh1t like block a hallway and then proclaim your rights are being violated when you are asked to move.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  6. AGuest9

    A show of arrogance or not, they were likely violating fire codes.

    December 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • captain america

      And what would a canadian know about American fire codes and why would that matter to us? There's your sign

      December 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Mr. Hat

      @captain america
      What does being canadian have to do with this?

      December 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Yeah, eh?

      December 17, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • captain america

      It is none of your f'n business. There's your sign

      December 17, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  7. Awww, W T F. It's Just a Field Trip.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7-I9Qp3d4Y&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3%5D

    December 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Wellesley, Massachusetts Public School Students Learn to Pray to Allah


      December 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • tbs

      And ACLU did nothing? that was ridiculous.
      Thanks for sharing.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • Louis Cypher AKA Sam Yaza AKA That Man Over There

      ok it was appalling that they did that but it’s not the point because they take kids to field trips to church and subject them to prayer all the time. And it’s the same God.
      Says that if a male slave is given a wife by his master (regardless of how long they are wed, how much they love each other or if they have kids) he can not leave servanthood with his wife or children. The woman and children are merely property of the master and their personal happiness or sanct-i-ty of family doesn’t matter. Exodus 21:3-4
      Yeah that will fit right there

      But never mind any of that, every morning the kids are forced to pledge allegiance to God, if you refused you get detention if you persist, suspension, and yet still expulsion. She could have not signed the permission slip but he is forced to ally with god, or get thrown at of school, if kids don’t go to school parents can go to jail……yup go to jail for not allying with God.

      December 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • BG

      @ Louis, Sam and That Man, etc.

      You know, I had a great snarky retort all typed out for you... and then I read your comment again and thought:

      'I just can't top that.'

      Some things are best left to stand on their own merit, or in your case, demerit. (All three of you have detention. Now sit down boys and use this time productively. Louis, put that C4 back in you desk. Sam, pick up those ball bearings before someone gets hurt.)

      December 16, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
  8. Nickelback Sucks

    More tebow crap. Joy skippy ballsnuts.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  9. John


    December 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • .....

      TRASH ALERT AGAIN – don't bother viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link to get rid of this TROLL!

      December 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  10. BG

    No Religion in Public Schools !!!




    Now let's listen to all the whiny, Muslim-sympathetic liberal deflection.

    December 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • GV

      Religion is everywhere. Deal with it or stay inside your 6X4 room.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • BG

      @ GV

      If you think anything in those links is 'ok,' then they need to stick the ECT electrodes back in your ears while you bite down on your favorite Sponge Bob tongue pad.

      Apparently it's that time again for your own private holiday.... Happy happy, joy joy !


      "Charge to 200, again, doctor- he's still blinking his eyes."

      December 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Kebos

      I agree with GV. Religion is everywhere.

      And will continue to be because more people than not are of lower IQ and/or lack the ability to think for themselves at a rationale level in order to filter out the ridiculous messages that all religions propagate.

      Pure and utter drivel meant to control the people and build wealth. It truly is pathetic.

      December 17, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  11. Snow

    Do these schools allow its muslim students to pray at their scheduled times on school premises?

    If yes, this suspension is wrong..
    if no, this suspension is right..

    no single religion or community should be given special treatment!

    December 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Louis Cypher AKA Sam Yaza AKA That Man Over There

      Agreed, but there prayer really is not the issue here. They were obstructing traffic and refusing to follow orders

      December 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Nonimus

      If Muslim students were allowed to pray in the middle of the hallway and not let others pass, then you would have a good point. Alas, it is not so.

      December 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Snow

      I agree.. if you are explicitly told not to do a specific thing and yet you go ahead and do it.. you deserve to be suspended, period. Shows how much respect they have for the school and its authority..

      December 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Soul68

      It's not about allowing religious expression you fool. They were BLOCKING THE HALLWAY between classes. You can see it in the video, they were doing it, for an extended period of time. I dont know about where you went to high school but at mine there was only about 3 minutes between classes.

      I suggest dropping the fake religious persecution angle and look at it from a practical stand point THEY WERE BLOCKING THE HALLWAY!!! Then they were asked not to BLOCK THE HALLWAY and they kept doing it. Has nothing to do with religion.

      December 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • derp

      While those dorks were on their knees, I would have turned around and farted in their faces.

      December 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  12. wow

    I beleive in God and anyone's right to pray where they wish, if you have such a problem with "religion" then why do you see large areas of New York public streets effectivly shut down during Muslium prayer. Hmmm no one does anything about that.
    A country founded on Christian principles thats us. "US"

    December 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • i'm with stupid

      see above for details

      December 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Louis Cypher AKA Sam Yaza AKA That Man Over There

      um show me where the streets were shut down I have never heard of that,… but the reason we have this is because your god is not the only god and publicly paid places are not the place for it I am not paying my taxes so kids can goof of and pray I schools. I’m paying my taxes so kids can go there and learn. But hay fine…let’s play ball every morning before the sun rises I won’t each kid in school to go out and enjoy the dawn really worship the sun rise…no that would be ridicules I won’t subject non-believers to my beliefs and neither should you save it for your privet life not were tax money goes im not funding that.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Louis Cypher AKA Sam Yaza AKA That Man Over There

      There is no, I mean no! Room for a king in a republic Yahweh is a king and un-failable, un-scrutiziable king. Thus Allah should be kept out of are political lives. There is no room for Jehovah any were with in publicly funded places. I only say the Abrahamic god because other gods are not un-failable, un-scrutiziable, un-killable and most followers get it, America is not the place for it. You never see a Buddhist trying to get you never see April 8 Hanamatsuri go to the house for recognition as a national holiday.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Inspector Cluseau

      Great. Go pray in the traffic.

      December 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Soul68

      More nonsense about the US being founded on Christian principles. They must not teach history at private religious schools, or they change it to fit their ideals.

      December 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  13. Ungodly Discipline

    Tebow is Mary Fields.

    December 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      I'm still hung up on this Mary Fields thing from the other night. I just can't let it go. I'm going to win, somehow. It MATTERS.

      December 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      You are darn right it matters! Tebow MATTERS.

      December 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  14. Bo

    I don't know if the kids needed to be disciplined, but this, in my opinion, is not the way to witness to the other kids of your faith. I believe they should stand up for their rights, but not this way. Making a nuisance of yourself I do not think is right.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  15. Doc Vestibule

    If the current meme were dancing the Macarena and these kids did so in the middle of the school hallway after having been warned not to, they'd be suspended.
    That they're aping a sports figure's theatrical prayer isn't the root cause of their suspension – disobedience is.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Louis Cypher

      who the f-u-ck memes the Macarena anymore,.. dude get with the program its all about this three dance memes now; po-pipo, lucky star, Hare Hare Yukai, or Caramelldansen. i don't think any one Macarenas any more.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Dude, I'm like, old and stuff, yo.
      I don't keep up on what you young'un whippersnappers consider hep these days.
      Sorry if the Macarena is no longer the bees knees, but it was considered groovy at the end of the 20th century, dig?

      December 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      @Doc – Word. LOL

      December 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Louis Cypher

      'k well now you learned your lesson,...get with the program
      [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_qArI0Ig-Y&w=420&h=315%5D

      December 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • captain america

      We will deal with American kids our own way ,we need no canadian bull sh it to do so. Keep your nose to your own business ass hole. There's your sign

      December 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Soul68

      You should have said planking.. or maybe an occupy protest... in that case the students would have gotten pepper sprayed.

      Amazing how many people can't see what this was really about.. blocking a hallway in a school... not religious expression.

      December 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  16. same Yaza

    It is official "why the F-u-ck is this news" has been cited. That being said I return you to some actual news.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  17. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    Why is this news? retarded kids emulating a retarded fad, comes with being a teenager. No one got hurt, so why did they get suspended? They were blocking a hallway? That is just as retarded.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Clayton

      They broke the rules. The religion-neutral rules. Why not suspend them? They get a free day away from school where they seem unable to learn the rules. Did they spend their day off praying? I very much doubt it.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      True enough.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  18. Mike from CT

    Yahoo has better coverage. Include a handheld video showing the hall way was not blocked.

    "The administration told us 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," Carroll told Prep Rally. "We had no idea that we could get suspended for such a thing. It was a joke between a group of friends that took a life of its own. We figured at the most we would just be told to stop."

    my question remains, why the quick snap judgement. What ever happen to "cut that out" or "knock it off"

    where are all my logic and reason friends who would jump at the phrase " could potentially "


    December 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Report says they were told to stop...the kids were pushing buttons, which teenagers do,..soo why is this news

      December 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      It’s a f-u-ckin one day suspension, over failure to follow orders and obstructing the halls.

      December 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      Sam, where does it say " they were told to stop.."

      Especially given the quote "We figured at the most we would just be told to stop."... which implies it did not happen

      " one day suspension, over failure to follow orders"... but it is not, this is the issue, please address it before you "get over it"

      December 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • same Yaza

      please go back and watch the report, "they were asked to stop tebowing early in the week, but they did not"

      December 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      Yes that point was cut off, did you notice?

      Now follow the link to yahoo and reconcile the differences. Especially where the principle was only quoted for starting a riot, not multiple warnings.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • NavySL

      Mike from CT: your posts along with couple others here are excellant and brilliant too..

      December 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  19. hippypoet

    stupidity begets stupidity... they got what they had coming, simple.

    December 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      Please explain?

      December 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • hippypoet

      mike, are you a religious person?

      December 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Lunch counter sit-ins from the Civil Rights Movement. Stupidity?

      December 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      Hip, no.

      Please continue to explain?

      December 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • same Yaza

      you not actualy compaire the two are you? becouse if that the case im just going to walk away

      December 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Clayton

      There are no civil rights violations for them to be protesting, so that is a false analogy, mark. Why not point out the fact that they were pushing their views in an inappropriate way? Because your false analogy is really lame.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • hippypoet

      sam – walk away if you feel the need, but find out why first before judgements are made.

      mark – if your asking why i think its stupidity then your answer shall come with mikes.

      mike – its stupid because tebow may be really praying for his team, thats great for him and much good may it do him. But when the rest of the people start doing it becuase he is doing it, well, thats sheep – these kids were blocking a fire exit doing a retarded action to be funny... pretending to pray is in itself stupid, but doing it in school which by law has a separation of church and state is stupid as well...and so here we are with stupidity begets stupidity and by blocking the exit they got what they had coming... and its only news because they were the sheep doing what the shepard does and since he is famous for it so should they be for getting in trouble for it!

      December 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      these kids were blocking a fire exit doing a retarded action to be funny

      No they were not. Watch the actual event on Yahoo.

      I actually agree that they are doing a false stupid act, but an instant suspention without a warning (according to the principle quoted at Yahoo) does not concern you?


      December 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Louis Cypher

      having to squeeze by lockers is plenty of room? I can clearly see them congesting traffic, go to a busy intersection and block all lanes leave one open, and say you not obstructing traffic.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • hippypoet

      ok i have never heard the term "jump the shark". sounds interesting... 🙂 yummy, shark fin soup! thank you for the link and you are correct, there seems to be no prior warnings before the action of suspension was taken. So with this new information, yes its still dumb as ever but they should not be suspended automatically... and i do also agree with what the administration said "could potentially cause a riot" i believe it could have very quickly gotten outta control.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Louis Cypher

      do you really need to warn someone every day, like each new day it wrong again, they said they warns them in for a week before taking action,....franz ferdinand any one. clearly they we growing in numbers it was disobedience ,which I’m fine with, if just. For a joke , no they did the right thing and I hope they get Saturday school for mission class that day.

      December 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  20. Sam Yaza

    Clearly, if tax money goes there, no prayer, simple right. But separation of church and state is not an issue. These children were merely protesting the right to pray in school, I think. If that the case they should not be doing it in the hallways obstructing traffic, I have no problem with a group of friends going out to the field to pray, but not blocking passage. And not encouraging it in the class room, or on the pledge.

    “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation by the people, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

    Much better but one thing at a time

    December 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      one nation by the people then you have to remove indivisible

      December 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      The states are the "indivisible," but i do see your point. We could just go back to the 1924 to 1954 pledge

      ether way God need to get out of it!

      December 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Clayton

      They were fooled into thinking their actions were appropriate when they clearly were not. That's religion for you.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      you are on a roll today funny man. The kids weren't even doing it out of "religion" but to quote Yahoo

      is meant to be an homage to the second-year passer's religiously focused touchdown celebrations.

      They weren't even praying... but there you go screaming against religion for rebellious sake. isn't that a concern that you are so against religion that you would make that unprovoked statement.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Clayton

      u mad? u jelly?

      December 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Let's Go To Prison

      Oh look. Another idiot perpetuating a stupid meme.

      More originality please.

      December 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
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