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Catholic High School Withholds Diploma from Student for Tebowing

By Alan Schechter

Jan 14, 2012, Foxborough, MA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) kneels in prayer before the AFC Divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Tebowmania has taken over the nation. So has “Tebowing”, and apparently, not everyone is in love with the idea.

Believe it or not, there was a problem with Tebowing, at a Catholic school, in Florida? Surprising, you would think that Tebowing would be the preferred state gesture by now. Apparently not.

At Bishop Verot High School, in Fort Myers, Florida, senior student Chuck Shriner was dared $5 to “Tebow” during the graduation ceremony. Shriner took the dare, got his five dollars, but no diploma. The principal actually withheld the diploma because of the stunt, and punished the student by having him clean the gym after the ceremony.

The punishment, in fact, was his mom’s idea. She is a math teacher at the school, and wanted to teach her son a lesson.

Here’s an excerpt from the wptv website article on the incident:

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.”

Seems an odd thing to make a big deal out of. Whether you think the gesture is cool, or annoying, all it really is to show is praying to God. Shouldn’t that be OK in a Catholic school?