School Withholds Student’s Diploma for ‘Tebowing’
“Tebowing” may be a bit old as internet memes go (we much prefer evil cows at the moment). But should the act of taking a knee like quarterback Tim Tebow be a punishable offense? A high school in Florida seems to think so.
The principal of Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers decided to withhold student Chuck Shriner’s diploma after he “Tebowed” during his graduation ceremony on May 19th.
According to Shriner, he was told that school officials were trying to make an example of his bad behavior. “They said what I did would give underclassmen inspiration to do something else, that it might lead to something else,” he said.
As punishment, Shriner’s diploma was withheld for two days and he was forced to clean the gymnasium where the ceremony took place. Still, Shriner, who won a $5 bet and most likely the undying admiration of his classmates, said it was all worth it.
“I just thought it was fun,” Shriner said. “I was just doing it to make graduation memorable.”
What do you think? Should Shriner have been punished? Or did the school overreact?