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Graduating Senior’s “Tebowing” Cost Him His Diploma

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A graduating senior's "Tebowing" act cost him his high-school diploma. (credit: Getty Images)

A graduating senior’s “Tebowing” act cost him his high-school diploma. (credit: Getty Images)

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A graduating high-school senior thought it would be funny to do some “Tebowing” on his way to receiving his diploma. What he didn’t know was that he wouldn’t receive his diploma as a result of his homage to Tim Tebow.

Administrators at a private Catholic school in Fort Myers have decided not to award a diploma to Chuck Shiner, a recent graduated senior at Bishop Verot, after the 17-year-old “Tebowed” in front of his principal as he was walking across the stage. Naples News reports that Shiner, who will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida, did the act as part of a $5 bet he made with his friends.

Though most parents and classmates enjoyed his rendition of “Tebowing,” bowing to one knee in prayer much like Tebow does before, during and after NFL games, the school’s administration didn’t take too kindly to it.

“They said what I did would give underclassmen inspiration to do something else, that it might lead to something else,” Shriner told Naples News. “So they were trying to set an example.”

As part of his punishment, Shriner was told he had to clean the gym where the graduation ceremony took place. He told Naples News that his mother, a math teacher at the school, was behind the punishment. Still, he said it was worth it.

“I just thought it was fun,” Shriner said. “I was just doing it to make graduation memorable.”

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