Student’s Diploma Held Due to ‘Tebowing’

A high school student in Florida paid the price for having a sense of humor.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Sometimes it just doesn't pay to have a sense of humor, something that Bishop Verot Catholic High School (Fort Myers, FL)  senior Chuck Shriner learned the hard way after performing a 'Tebow' at his recent high school graduation. And no, for the record, that doesn't mean he got crappy grades through three quarters of the school year before coming out of nowhere the last few weeks and passing.

No, in this instance, Shriner got into hot water for 'Tebowing' in front of his principal when going up to receive his diploma. For those living in a card board box without hearing, 'Tebowing' is the act on going to one knee in a genuflection meant to pay religious tribute. Doing it at your Catholic high school, on a $5 dare, might not be the best time to do this.

While the move was meant with a hearty laughter from those assembled, school officials did not find the act funny and punished Shriner by not giving him his diploma and making him clean the school gymnasium. This punishment was given to serve as a detriment to future students who may have a mind to mimic religious sports acts on the podium.

“They said what I did would give underclassmen inspiration to do something else, that it might lead to something else,” Shriner said about the administration’s reaction. “So they were trying to set an example.”

If that's the case, then Shriner is doing his best to undermine it as he later posted how 'Tebowing' was well worth it, despite the punishments.

“Moment in my life I’ll never forget, getting my diploma taken away for doing the Tebow on stage in front of (Principal John) Cavell. So worth it.” Shriner posted on Facebook later that day

Because life enjoys it's little twists and turns, this story had one as well. The punishment handed out to Shriner was the recommendation of his own mother, a teacher at the school. School officials informed Shriner that they will consider giving his diploma to his mother at a later date.

(Photo above): United States Coast Guard Academy cadet Christopher Monacelli does a "Tebow" pose as he crosses the stage during the academy's 131st commencement ceremonies in Leamy Hall Auditorium at the academy in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

Photo Credit: AP

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