Skip to comments.Fearing fights, Central High removes national anthem from pep rally only to put it back after outcry
Posted on 09/28/2017 10:00:53 AM PDT by abb
Worried about potential fights breaking out if students protested, Central High School earlier this week decided not to have students sing the national anthem Friday afternoon at a school pep rally, but after a parental outcry the school will play the song after all.
Weve learned a very valuable lesson, said Sandy Davis, assistant superintendent of Central public schools.
Parents in the suburban, politically conservative Baton Rouge school district took to social media Wednesday and Thursday to complain about the schools decision not to sing The Star Spangled Banner at the pep rally, prompting the reversal Thursday morning.
The initial decision to not sing the national anthem was made earlier this week by Central High Principal David Prescott in consultation with Superintendent Michael Faulk. It was sparked by protests at recent NFL football games where athletes kneeled during the singing of the national anthem to signal their opposition to incidents of black men being killed by police.
Faulk was out of town Thursday, so Davis intervened. She and Prescott spoke and agreed that the high school should sing the anthem after all.
Davis said there was concern about having so many students in the school gym.
We know that kids feel strongly on both sides of this issue, because they have heard from their parents about it, Davis said.
She said the national anthem was always going to be played at Friday nights football game, adding there are fewer safety concerns at the stadium.
She also posted a note late Thursday morning on the districts Facebook page, explaining what was happening.
Davis told The Advocate that schools hold pep rallies regularly but dont always sing the national anthem at them. In this case, the school released agendas of Friday's pep rally showing the choir singing the anthem, but then changed the agenda. Davis said she thinks thats where the news first spread.
She said all school faculty will be interspersed throughout the school gym Friday afternoon to prevent any fighting.
Where are these “leaders” coming from?
...the bottom of the barrel?
LHSAA repeats earlier stance on protests during national anthem, says it’s up to schools to set policy
Advocate staff report Sep 28, 2017 - 11:36 am (0)
The LHSAA on Thursday said that it will continue to leave the decision of setting a policy for protesting during the national anthem at high school athletic events up to individual schools and school boards, a stance the agency also took last year.
In a memo, LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine said that any decisions related to individual and/or team demonstrations during the national anthem will be determined by each individual member school and/or member schools school district.
Bonine released a similar memo with the same statement in September 2016.
Last year, a few Louisiana high school athletes took a knee during the national anthem, inspired by the example of Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling during the anthem at NFL games.
President Donald Trump’s criticism of NFL players who protest during the national anthem last week incited a mass increase in such activism Sunday. More than 200 NFL players took a knee or sat during the anthem in a league-wide protest of racial inequality. Other NFL teams linked arms with each other, and sometimes with their owner, and three teams the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans stayed in the locker room during the anthem.
Read the full LHSAA statement below.
“The LHSAA is a principal’s organization whereas in these situations the LHSAA Rules and Regulations do not take precedence. Therefore, any/all decisions related to individual(s), and/or team(s) expression(s) exhibited during any pre-event National Anthem at LHSAA regular season and/or post season game, match, meet or contest, will be determined by each individual member school and/or member school’s school district.”
It sounds to me more like the kids and school administrators feel strongly about this issue. And the feelings seem to be different.
This is the endgame, folks. Removing the NA and the Flag.
Academia leftist screw worms are trying everything they can to erase American history, tradition and ceremony.
This kind of attitude is what will have people willingly bowing down in submission to their new masters as the machete swings toward their neck.
If, the teachers understood the Star Spangled Banner they would know some fights are worth having. Then again, maybe the leftists-fascists actually do understand it.
The shrinking 13% are playing with fire with all this crap ....
From another article, the history of the National Anthem being played before sporting events started during WWI.
After WWI, it was only played at special times. It was so popular, they began playing it before every game.
There you have it. The National Anthem is played before sporting events because it is popular.
The school would be best served by permanently removing those two.
This crap is gonna spread. Already a couple of high schools here in Louisiana have said they’re protesting tomorrow night. And God knows what will happen with the college games Saturday.
You were supposed to have learned that lesson when you were in school yourself - and when the useless scum brought up this idea YOU should have said, No, we're not doing that.
Or was that useless scum yourself?
Ditto — on your answer!
Since when in the world could the national anthem inspire fights among Americans? Yeah.... we have traitors in our midst. A lot of that schools leadership needs to be fired.
I feel like their end game will look a lot like Venezuela..or a homeless encampment 3000 miles wide.
Clearly, Sandy Davis, assistant superintendent of Central public schools, Central High Principal David Prescott and superintendent Michael Faulk need an education in American history and the United States Constitution. (not that it will do the any good with their finger in the wind, airhead mind set.)
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