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Suspended For Tebowing, Really?
Several days ago a handful of high school students were suspended for “Tebowing” while at school. This has received a lot of media attention, so I watched the youtube video myself to see why this incident was so outlandish. A group of about 40 students struck a kneeling pose in a high school hallway between classes. Was it right for them to cause a disturbance? No. But then why was such a strong punishment given?
If the real issue was safety on campus, then why not have the students clean the campus, or volunteer to help in classrooms. Suspending them for this incident seems rather harsh and I’m not sure what lesson it actually taught them. There are plenty of other things that students do that can cause disturbances (ie. wearing inappropriate clothing, playing MP3, ringing phones, etc) and yet, no punishment is handed out, which makes one wonder why this was singled out. Would they have made an issue of this if it did not have religious implications?
Was this a religious movement? As much as I would like to see more students expressing their faith, I don’t think this had to do with religion, especially after watching the youtube video. It was to honor a sports authority, Tim Tebow, who himself is a deeply religious man. Despite that, I think the school went a bit overboard in this punishment. The students were not starting a riot, fighting, or causing any harm. Instead, they were showing respect to a worthy man, who has a positive message. To say that the incident was a fire hazard is just absurd since high school hallways are inherently a fire hazard. As parents and educators, we should be focused on encouraging the positive, not punishing it.
What do you think? Was suspension the correct punishment for these high school students?