Louisiana High School Football Team threatens to kick any player who kneels off team.
The principal of a high school in Louisiana recently sent a letter to the students and parents of his school with the warning that any athletes who didn't stand in a "respectful manner" during the playing of the National Anthem would be punished with lost playing time, or even ejection from the team.
Waylon Bates, the principal of Parkwood High School in Bossier Parish, sent the letter on Thursday in which he made it clear he has the authority to kick players off the team.
The LHSAA (Louisiana High School Athletic Association) allows school principals to make decisions regarding student participation in the National Anthem while competing in athletic contests and games. 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. Failure to comply will result in 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. Parkway High School is committed to creating a positive environment for sporting events that is free of disruption to the athletic contest or game.
Bates was quickly taken to task by the Lousiana ACLU, who noted in part:
"Nearly 75 years ago, the Supreme Court rightly held that state schools have no business forcing students to stand for patriotic rituals."
You can view Bates' letter up top.
Source: The Washington Post