On Thursday, a Louisiana high school sent a letter to parents explaining that student athletes who protest the national anthem will face punishment.
The school’s principal, William Bates, claimed that the protests are a “disruption.”
“Parkway High School requires student athletes to stand in a respectful manner throughout the National Anthem during any sporting event in which their team is participating,” he wrote. “Failure to comply will result in a loss of playing time and/or participation as directed by the head coach and principal. Continued failure to comply will result in removal from the team.”
A copy of the letter was tweeted by journalist Shaun King.
And it has begun.
High schools are now following Trump’s order.
Will kick off any players who don’t stand during the National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/lfNWyW7z5f
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 28, 2017
This follows a recent recommendation by Trump that NFL teams should fire anthem protestors.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired,’ ” Trump said.
In recent interviews with high school athletes, some students showed an understanding and support for the protests.
Malik Williams, a high school senior and running back said, “I don’t think this has anything to do with the military. I think everybody respects what they do, knows what they do, pretty sure they were just trying to bring attention to the problems in America right now.”
Some students criticized the President on his message delivery.
“The way he came across was a little aggressive and I did not like how vulgar he was with his comments,” said quarterback Christian D’Antonio.
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