2 Riverhead High School Students Suspended For ‘Tebowing’

Senior Connor Carroll Calls 1-Day Ban Bogus, Says Hallway Act 'Harmless'

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is the fourth-quarter phenomenon who’s been wowing football fans all across the country with his talent.

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But some of Tebow’s teen followers are crying foul after they were busted for paying tribute to their favorite player.

If you follow the National Football League, you’ve heard of him.

Tebow has quickly become the biggest story in pro sports. His outward devotion to his faith and his late-game heroics have earned him a massive following.

But fanaticism might have gone too far recently in Riverhead on Long Island. A YouTube video shows several students at Riverhead High School getting down on one knee in the middle of a hallway as a tribute to Tebow. For those who don’t know, that’s Tebow’s signature move after a positive play.

Mimicking kneeling down to pray — the trademark move has been dubbed “Tebowing” — is what got senior Connor Carroll and his twin brother, Tyler, in big trouble.

Connor Carroll spoke to CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez by phone on Thursday night.

“This all started on Monday. Me, my brother and a couple of our friends decided we would Tebow in the hallway to show respect to Tim Tebow. We did it the one period. The next day, Tuesday, more people … they saw us doing it again, so they started doing it on their own. And Wednesday even more people started doing it,” Connor Carroll said.

He said he and his brother and two other students were called to the principal’s office, where the brothers were suspended for one day. Connor Carroll claims the school never warned him to stop the tribute. He said he thinks the punishment is unfair.

“The point is we shouldn’t be suspended for this. It’s a harmless act, just supporting a good guy,” Carroll said.

School administrators could not be reached for comment Thursday night. Carroll said he has no regrets.

“We’re all Tebow fans. We like what he brings to the table. He’s a natural born leader,” Carroll said.

But as it turned out, for Carroll and his brother, following the leader was not a winning move.

Connor Carroll and his brother were suspended for initiating the Tebow tribute. The other students were let go with a warning.

Do you think school officials acted properly or are they completely over-reacting? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • NLG

    ridiculous!! How can a school suspended someone for PRAYING??? TEBOW is kneeling & praying for the positive act that went on, these kids acting it out: PRAYING, again wrong to suspend them; I believe way overboard on this!! & the fact that no one was hurt, but yet I’ve known fights to go on without anyone being in trouble at all.

    • c ravetto

      It’s ok to build a Mosque near Ground Zero,but not ok to do anything that resembles praying?Cowards make these calls.

      • Marie

        NLG & c ravetto: this act has nothing to do with praying. The boys disobeyed the rules. Keep this in context.

        • Jeff

          There’s a rule against kneeling? What possible reason could there be for such a rule? What harm are they doing? It seems completely senseless and random. If there is a logical reason for such a rule, that none of the students seem to have been made aware of, perhaps a warning would have been in order before suspending a student for a completely harmless act.

  • RJO

    HANK YOU. THAT is a valid reason for getting a suspension. Unfortunately, the media neglected the details you mentioned.

  • RJO

    These school officials are exactly what is destroying this country. When students are punished for praying between classes, yet guns and drugs are routinely carried in the same schools, you know the inmates are running the asylum.

    From the 1600’s to 1962 daily prayer was a regular part of schools every day in America. See how great everything is since 1962!!!!! NOT!~

    • elissa

      im a student at riverhead they were not praying it was just a harmless prank and what the media is failing to mention about this whole thing is a fire alarm went off, this wasnt a drill, it was an actual alarm they were blocking the hall ways hence thats why they got ISS .

    • lj

      you are hysterical. Hysterical as in a nutcase that resorts to extremist nonsense as justification for your personal bias.

  • Susan

    Totally over reacting!

  • Marie

    What is this turning into? Occupy Riverhead? Give me a break – children in school need to abide the rules.

    Of course this was a stunt and had nothing to do with faith and worship. Probably orchestrated for a youtube event as well – similar to a mini flash mob.

    These kids are not being leaders – they are headed down the road to jersey shore meets 16 & pregnant.

    Get an education and park the “drama” for after school activities.

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    • elissa


    • lj

      No it is not “their” school. They are minor children. You don’t know what you are talking about and what you do say is untrue as well. School corridors are not places to take a break and start praying. If you or anyone like you wants to do that then go to your temple and stay out of public taxpayer funded secular institutions or you will be dragged into court.

  • lj

    All the fundamentalist goons that agree with this would be the first ones screaming holy damnation and fire and brimstone if Muslim students started their floor dance 5 times a day. Bunch of narrow minded double standard brats.

  • tina

    I believe they did the right thing. Remember people, they were told not to do because they are blocking the hall way and they chose not to listen. It would only take one person to make a joke and say fire or pop something and scream and cause everyone to run. If my child has gotten hurt because they chose to block the hallway and not listen I would be very, very upset. It’s only suspension for one day.

  • Alan

    I believe school officials were completely warranted in the suspensions. The football mania in this country has downgraded the academic atmosphere that should be primary in schools, and jocks are admired……for what?

  • Brian

    What else would you expect from a Government Indoctrination Center (a.k.a. Government Schools) operated by a bunch of self serving Union extremists. They don’t care about teaching the kids or real American Values… The selfish lot of them just want to make sure they have academic tenure and a pension, at your and my tax dollar expense. I feel better now… Thanx and Merry Christmas…

  • mike Piscatelli

    Wow Lou dobbs Slammed that one. No it’s gone national. Would not want to be that administrator who supported that decision. Heavens forbid young kids should actually look up to someone who actually is clean cut, drug free who doesn’t shoot themselves in the leg or kill dogs for his own amusement. A good Christian who actually is the product of a almost aborted fetus from a poor family. It does not surprise me.

  • dont worry about it

    this is ridiculous they weren’t doing it out of repect or nada they are basically mocking Tim Tebow because he does it because of his religious beliefs these student did it basically as a joke and this whole “scandle” is pathetic. There are more concerning things in the world such as that serial killer on long island or how about the economic issues or just the poor people in need. what has this world come to that all of a sudden students getting suspended is some big thing, get over it!

  • darrin

    i just wonder if a couple of same sex students were kissing each other in school would they be subject to the same punishment?……probably not

    • lj

      well is should think not. Heterosexual kids are face eating each other every day in every high school corridor. YOU BIGOT.

    • tina

      what does this have to do with blocking the hallway? My son’s school has a policy called no PDA which means no Public Display of Affection which I think it should be. No body wants to see someone making out in the hallway. Holding hands is fine

  • dee madison

    they’ve gone too far, with all the other things we have to worry about in this world, guns, drugs in schools, illiteracy, etc., they suspend a couple of kids for an innocent “tebow” in the school. ridiculous. go after teachers and supervisors who molest and rape students not some innocent kids having fun

    • Ron Aigner

      The Columbine tragedy was caused by Cops who raped the gunmen and they chose suicide and murder as a way out . Google Columbine family request. also google Sheriff Pat Sullivan to see what we are up against. Please help.

  • Mary

    I would love to see Tebow come visit this high school and high 5 the boys who did this. Look at our country, look at our youth, what a joke!! Take God out of the schools and what do you have, a bunch of whinny, spoiled brats, that are rude, have not manners, and they think the world owes them everything.
    I may not be a Broncos fan, but Tebow is fast becomming my favorite QB. He is a real hero, and someone these kids can look upt to. Not rap crap singing idiot, or a person who tortured dogs for a profit.

    • Amtracmarine

      They were goofing Mary. Nothing more that a flash mob.

  • HOP

    My child is a student in this district. This week the children were told they would have to substitute the word “smeaven” for “heaven” because some people who don’t believe in heaven might be offended.

    • Amtracmarine

      You’d better get on your knees and pray for forgiveness Hop. Christians aren’t supposed to lie and you just lied.

      • HOP

        Hunh?! What lie? And why assume I’m Christian?!
        (1) I live in Riverhead. My child is a student in the Riverhead Central School District.
        (2) The TEACHER told the children who were using the word “heaven” in a rhyme about how to write “7” to stop it, that not everyone believes in “heaven”, so they should say “smeaven” instead. I heard about this from another parent, and my kid confirmed it. Seems bizarre to me.

        • student

          im a student at riverhead and ive never heard of that so your child doesnt have to listen to the teacher about a poem, half of the teachers in rhs dont know anything about their subject that they teach

  • Ron Aigner

    We have had enough of this religious intolerance. At Columbine High School, we werre harassed while carrying the crosses of our dead chlldren. The crosses were forced ito a “first amendment area” . The Jeffco cops descended on us while we were in a prayer circle on Rebel Hill next to the High School. We recently learned that a Sheriff who we expected to do an honest investigation was busted for trading Meth for sex with male prostitutes. We learned that our Tragedy was because the two shooters had been raped during an arrest [google Columbine Family request]

    • Amtracmarine

      This was not about praying Ron. It was a prank (like planking) that involved close to 40 stupid teens blocking a hallway between classes.

  • TheBeliever

    I belive that if the kids want to show their love for Tebow they should be allowed. If the young man would like to show his faith, he should be allowed. i believe that these school officials were wrong for suspending these boys. They should have given them a warning to stop and then if they didn’t take higher measures of disciplne.


      Well public school systems took prayer out of school so you have to follow rules.I cn see if they were really praying but by smiles on face you can tell they were just joking around .Bottom line is they were told not to do it so suspension was deserved they can tebowon there days off.

  • Vernon Hell

    Tim Tebow needs a real test of his faith. May he take a hard hit and be paralyzed for life from the neck down.

    • Michael H.

      Those are some interesting words coming from somebody who proclaims a strong belief in a “REAL GOD”

    • Stan

      same for michael vick.

  • bullett

    I would much prefer that these students mimic Tim Tebow then Charles Manson. What say you Cup Cake?

    • Amtracmarine

      “Mimicking kneeling down to pray”Why mimic anyone??

      • bullett

        At least Tebow is a better role model then you!

  • amyperez121

    I’m so bored and tired of the atheists pushing their agenda on everyone. I’m a roman catholic, and yes, there’s a separation of church and state but these kids were imitating something positive. The suspension was harsh. Let’s discuss the constitutional rights of the kids to pray in a public place. Even if they were mimicking the issue as to poke fun, this shouldn’t be an issue. Let’s tackle the more serious problems other than kids acting on the Tebow craze.

    • Noone special

      First off, let me say that I’m an Atheist and yet I DO NOT support these kids being suspended. I believe to each their own. Everyone has a right to believe or not believe in what they choose. I don’t agree with the school on this one. Obviously these kids were doing something innocent and this is ridiculous. Instead of schools focusing on bullying and drug use amongst teens, their suspended the ones who’ve done nothing more than pay tribute to an excellent athlete.. Don’t blame the athiest’s for this one.

    • Vernon Hell

      Do not blame the Atheists. I strongly believe in GOD, the REAL GOD. If you are a Roman Catholic, you worship a false god and will BURN IN ETERNAL HELL along with your child-molesting Pope.

      I am sick and tired of Christian fraud mongers claiming the right to obstruct traffic anywhere so that they can pray. Pray at home, jerks. 666.

      • Marty Pantz

        Wow, Vern, you da man!
        What, 12 years old, an you is already makin it big as a troll!
        Yup, you a real MAN troll……or not.

  • teachermom

    Prayer not allowed in school? Wrong! Prayer most certainly is allowed. Who would stop someone from praying? What is not not allowed is the blending of church and state. We should be more concerned with children not praying. When did we take a turn for the worst?

    • Michael H.

      They weren’t praying. They were mimicking a football player’s prayers in the middle of a school hallway, disrupting other students. This has nothing to do with school prayer. Read the article next time.

      • Amtracmarine

        They read the article Michael. They know that this was an ongoing “Flash Mob” deal that continued for 3 days and ended up involving close to 40 kids.
        These religious nut-bags don’t care about the facts.

  • GayLee Guadarrama

    Maybe the high school kids needed a positive mentor-this could be the spark that allows their voices to be heard-and how could a bit of prayer hurt anyone.

  • L

    Goes to show who runs the media circus.

    Those damn indigeous Australians!

  • Brett

    Check out the youtube video of the incidents before you speak in support of the tebowing flash mob.
    (And the school did give a warning to knock it off before suspending.)


    these smug brats feel above the rules. Leaders? Free speech denied? Not here. Crybabies is much more like it.

  • Lori

    totally harmless action by kids, whats wrong this principal???? he should come and try being a principle here in NYC, that’ll teach him lol

  • Rick

    I think the principle should be suspended and not the students.I could understand that if all the students were to do this all day long in the hallways it would be very disruptive. However, give the students a warning first and announce to all the students that if continued , there will be disaplinary action taken.

  • Monique

    hogwash. if students can’t express themselves in school and have good role models then we just send them to detention camps every morning. We need positive leaders and if following Tebow is a crime, then we need to seriously take a good look at the rules and regulations in this state. NY has way too many nanny laws as it is. For shame to the administration.

    • Monique

      And furthermore, hooray to those kids for being leaders. They felt strongly about something and went for it. Why spank their hands for being true to a faith or an idea. That’s what leads this country, not a bunch of rulemakers and their egotistical narcissism.

    • Brett

      Have you seen the video?
      This was a goofy flash stunt, not an expression of faith.

  • Joey Boots

    The School officials need to be tea-bagged.

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