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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays in the end zone on Sunday.

Crime of the century

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Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee prays in the end zone on Sunday.

I've heard my fair share of nonsense from school administrators in my time. But this lady wins first prize.

Ms. Carney's best "Oh, come on" moment was her saying the students striking the Tebow pose in the hallway were somehow preventing other students from getting to class. Unless her school's hallways are three feet wide, this is absurd. I submit that any students prevented from getting to class on time because of this simply didn't want to get to class on time.

I will say this: The people sending Carney hate mail over this, claiming that she's somehow engaging in religious persecution, need to get back on their meds. At the very least, they're completely tone-deaf to teenage irony. Having the seen the photo of these kids doing their thing, it looks to me more like they're spoofing Tebow than sincerely engaging in an act of prayer -- or at least just doing it because Tebow does it, and Tebow is, like, way cool right now.

But maybe that's just me. Or, maybe, it's because I've had parents of high school kids tell me the rage right now is for kids to photograph themselves Tebowing in various places and then texting the photos to their friends.

As for Carney ... well, here's her money line: "It's just high school kids being kids and administrators doing what they do on a daily basis -- keeping kids safe."

Translated into Standard Reality English, it comes out like this: "It's just high school kids being kids and administrators doing what they do on a daily basis -- overreacting."

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