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Post  Carolina Kat on Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:03 pm

'Tebowing' Gets Riverhead Students Suspended
Four students originally suspended after trendy act blocks school hallways, though two suspensions reportedly repealed.

By Joseph Pinciaro Email the author December 15, 2011

Announcement of a simple one-day suspension for four student-athletes at Riverhead High School went viral on Thursday as news broke that the students — who administrators say were creating an unsafe environment by blocking the halls — were emulating one of the most talked-about athletes in America over the past two weeks: Tim Tebow.

In an act known as "Tebowing" — according to Tebowing.com, "to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different" — the foursome was part of a larger group seen in a YouTube video kneeling in the halls of the school. One of the students told Yahoo! it was "out of respect for Tebow, and because 'Tebowing' is the new thing to do."

Tebow — a second-year quarterback who has led the Denver Broncos to six straight wins — is known for his devout Christianity and intensity on and off the field. The act has gained popularity as the Broncos have continued to pile up late-game wins.

The students — brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll, and their friends Jordan Fulcoly and Wayne Drexel — had reportedly started the practice on Monday, according to a report in the News-Review.

Yahoo! Sports broke the story early Thursday, later making it to local media. The story also found its way onto ESPN's Sportscenter, which reported that two of the students' suspensions were lifted after administrators found that they were not warned as the other two were.

Superintendent Nancy Carney released the following statement via email: "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. Students cannot block hallways and prevent other students from getting to class. A couple of students who were spoken to previously did not heed to the warning given by administrators, and they were disciplined accordingly.

"We hope that these students and all of our students continue to look up to the positive role models in public life; we just encourage them to do it in a responsible way."

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that four students were suspended. Riverhead Patch was not aware that two suspensions had been lifted. We apologize for the error.

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