Sep 30, 2017
High school athletes are kneeling during the anthem
President Trump's attack on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem has made its way to the high school level. This week, a number of high school sports teams saw students protesting, or school officials forbidding they do so.
High schools that protested
- Jackson High School - Jackson, MI: The football team knelt prior to the national anthem at Friday's game.
- Traip Academy - Kittery, ME: Nine members of the girls' soccer team knelt during the anthem.
- New Trier High School and Evanston Township High School - Chicago, IL: Nineteen players total knelt during the anthem, and one player from Evanston sat down.
- Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy - Shreveport, LA: Student athletes planned to link arms during the national anthem as a form of silent protest.
- Lakeview Centennial High School - Garland, TX: Eight football team members knelt during the anthem, while other teammates locked arms.
Schools punishing protestors
- Parkway High School - Bossier Parish, LA: Principal Waylon Bates said failure to stand in a respectful manner "will result in loss of playing time and/or participation...continued failure to comply will result in removal from the team."
- Manatee County School District - Manatee County, FL: The school district said in a statement to BuzzFeed that students are required to stand "unless excused in writing by a parent."
- Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, McGann-Mercy High School, St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School - Long Island, NY: Students who kneel during the anthem could face "serious disciplinary actions."
- Victory & Praise Christian Academy - Houston, TX: Two cousins were kicked off the football team after one knelt during the anthem and the other raised his fist.