Shriner, who plays football at the private Bishop Verot's Catholic School in Fort Meyers, Florida, mimicked the pose made popular by Tim Tebow, New York Jets stand-in quarterback.Tim Tebow is known for his signature pose of dropping to one knee and resting his hand on his forehead for prayer before a game.
According to Tucson Citizen
, Shriner's comedic pose caused laughter among the audience, but his mother, maths teacher at the school, did not think her comedian son was funny. She arranged for his diploma to be withheld and that he clean the school gym as punishment.
The teenager told Naples News
: "They said what I did would give underclassmen inspiration to do something else, that it might lead to something else." Tucson Citizen
reports he said about his mother: “She was really mad. But I think it was worth it.”
reports that the 17-year-old Shriner will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida.
According to Naples News
, Shriner has served his punishment and says his classmates put him to it with a $5 bet.
Tebowing is a fad in the United States. According to Daily Mail
: "...at weddings, on airplanes, in Grand Central Station and at the U.S. Capitol building to name but a few... [even] a surgeon who had just performed life-saving surgery was even snapped striking the pose. Celebrities were quick to jump on the Tebowing bandwagon with everyone from Alec Baldwin, Katy Perry, Maria Menounos and Robert Downey Jr. adopting the move for the camera."
reports that Shriner's mom picked up his diploma on Monday.