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Catholic high school withholds grad’s diploma for ‘Tebowing’ on stage

May 22, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

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It happened in Florida, believe it or not — where one might expect Tebowing would be decriminalized by now. Not so at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, however. That’s where senior Chuck Shriner — on a $5 dare from a friend — crouched into the Tebowing position on stage during the school’s graduation ceremony on Saturday. His reward? The $5, plus no diploma. The school’s principal said he wouldn’t be getting one because of the stunt. Plus, he had to clean out the gym following the ceremony.

Harsh. WWTS (what would Tebow say)?

Turns out, though, that Shriner will be getting his diploma. The punishment was all his mom’s idea: she’s a math teacher at the school, and was a bit miffed at his Tebowing shenanigans.

Rather than Shriner getting his diploma on Saturday, his mother picked it up. When Shriner was told he wouldn’t get his diploma, he said it was “to teach him a lesson.”

“We were told not to mess around during it,” he said.

When Shriner cleaned the gym on Monday and spoke to his mom after school, she told him everything.

“She was really mad,” Shriner said. “But I think it was worth it.”

Let’s translate. Mom was embarrassed because she’s a teacher at the school, and was shown up in front of her friends and colleagues. The over-reaction was hers. Tebowing, when you get down to it, is just taking a knee and praying to God. What’s so disruptive about that — especially at a Catholic school?

H/T SportsbyBrooks.

  1. skids003 - May 23, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    If he was Islamic, there would have been a riot against the school.

  2. bjavie - May 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Really Rick? This is b/c she was embarassed? NOT AT ALL!

    Kid amits they were told no messing around and he did it anyway. His Mom the punished him for it. WOW!!! She’s a good parent and you accuse her of trying to protect her image.

    When I was 18 years old, “Well, he’s only 18.” was NEVER an acceptable excuse for doing what you were told not to. Guys like you say it is now an acceptable excuse and anyone who calls the kid out is wrong.

    Future, here we come! Do what you want, the old people wil eventually die off and we can get away with ANYTHING!!!!

  3. winkeroni - May 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Seems like he got a pretty light punishment.