LHSAA: Schools and school decision makers to rule over anthem behavior in Louisiana high school football
Even though national anthem protests are a pro football story in America, the game on the high school level has been brought into the narrative.
The LHSAA’s position on National Anthem protests this week released by Executive Director Eddie Bonine can be seen here. Their stance? Let the schools and their leadership decide what can and cannot be done at LHSAA events.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans has told its schools that protests during school events is not allowed but did not issue a zero tolerance policy.
“We respect the right of individual students to voice their opinions and even engage in protest in an appropriate manner. However, when a student is representing a team and their school, it is not appropriate to participate in acts of protest,” said the Archdiocese in a release. “If someone does protest, the issue will be discussed with the person and should it occur a second time, the individual will no longer be allowed to participate as a member of the team or group.”
The football team at Green Oaks in Caddo Parish will lock arms during the anthem before their game Friday. In nearby Bossier Parish, no protest acts are welcomed during the anthem and the potential punishments for protesting student-athletes will be handled by individual school leadership.
Undoubtedly, more stories of protest and reactions to them can be expected, at least in the short term.
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