High School Takes Hard Line On National Anthem Protests

A Michigan high school has taken a hard line on student-athlete protests.

Lansing, MI – A private Catholic high school in Michigan has laid down the law regarding athletes' behavior during the national anthem at sporting events.

There was controversy at Lansing Catholic High School during the 2017 season after four football players took a knee during the national anthem.

In a preemptive move, the school sent a letter to parents as the winter sports’ season began, announcing their new policy.

“We have adjusted our consequences from the fall because we have had more time to proactively address the issue with the various LCHS teams and communicate expectations,” the letter read.

“In the event that a student athlete does not stand for the anthem that student will not play in the game,” the policy read.

The new policy also stated that if the school found out about the student-athlete’s plan in advance, they would not be allowed to dress in uniform or accompany the team to the game, the Lansing State Journal reported.

Finally, the school told parents that students who continued to protest could be kicked off the team.

The letter explained the school was working on improving cultural awareness, and that the boys varsity basketball team had created t-shirts that had “Respect, Fortitude, Unity” on the front, and “family” on the back.

But the anthem protests went a step to far for the school’s administration.

“While we recognize the important role that peaceful protests play in society, our school’s stance is that school athletic events are not an appropriate venue for protests. The holds true whether we are hosting or visiting,” the letter stated. It was signed by the school’s president, principal, and athletic director.

The four players who took a knee during the fall football games did not start that game.

Two of the players have since transferred to public schools, according to the Lansing State Journal.

Marcie Abdullah, the mother of one of the two students who knelt and later transferred, said she didn’t think the school had to adopt a policy.

"I don’t see why they needed to do anything," Abdullah said. "When the four boys took a knee at the football game, the world didn’t come to an end."

I fully support this school.

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The world may not have come to and end, but; respect of the school and nation is more important then the kids kneeling just because they see the million $ players do it, the parents should be held accountable for the teaching of respect to all, that is to include LEO's and anyone in authority. The kids are taught this at home to not respect those around or to help those in need.

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I can tell you more people disrespect the knellers than respect them. Respecting others will get you farther than disrespecting them.

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They knew the rules. They chose to ignore the rules. It is a lesson in discipline. These kids will be out in the real world very soon. Most athletes don’t make it to college level sports. Even less to the pros. So better to prepare them for corporate America and following directions and protocol.

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If only all schools did this

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The NFL showboaters not only disrespected our flag, police and armed forces they are supersizing a false narrative that has resulted in the murders of hundreds of people via the Ferguson Effect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQCQFH5wOJo

I'm sure some are, but many are not! Personally, I would find it hard not to be because of all the insults and filthy name calling these police officers are subjected to.

It is called freedom of speech. The school is violating their constitutional right to free speech. It's funny since the school is benefitting from the same ammendment in their freedom of religion. The sepatration of Church and State precludes the SCHOOL from having ANY political stance whatsoever. The School is wrong and the Students are suffering from that.

They're under 18 years old, it's a private school, let them transfer. The school has the right to establish policies. Maybe the school doesn't want to be represented by teens that disrespect our flag.

It's a private school, adequate. They can make pretty much any rule they want, and the kids' parents can decide whether to send them there or not.

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