High School Principle Threatens to Boot Students off Sports Teams if They Kneel During National Anthem

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A high school in northwest Louisiana is forbidding student-athletes on its sports teams to demonstrate or protest during the national anthem, it was learned on Thursday.

The principal of Parkway High School in Bossier Parish wrote a letter to students and parents on Thursday warning them against acts of protest, which he terms ‘a disruption.’

‘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,’ the principal, Waylon Bates, wrote.

‘Failure to comply will result in a 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.’

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