Parkway High officials: Students must stand for anthem or face loss of playing time, participation


Parkway High School released a letter to students and parents today stating that student athletes who do not stand for the national anthem will face “loss of playing time and/or participation.” 

The letter comes one day after Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent Scott Smith released a statement Wednesday announcing a new district directive that “principals and coaching staffs have sole discretion in determining consequences should a student athlete elect not to stand during the National Anthem…”  (CLICK HERE TO READ SMITH’S FULL STATEMENT) has obtained a copy of the full letter:

The ACLU os Louisiana is reacting to the memo from Parkway and the directive from Bossier Schools.

“Bossier Parish is threatening to punish students for peacefully protesting racial injustice and taking a principled position for freedom and equality. This is antithetical to our values as Americans and a threat to students’ constitutional rights.

Nearly 75 years ago, the Supreme Court rightly held that state schools have no business forcing students to stand for patriotic rituals. The Court also reminded public school administrators that part of their job is to train students for participation in our free society. This principle holds no less true today, and no less true on the playing field than it does in the classroom. Schools have no valid interest in turning their students into mouthpieces of government speech, full stop. Indeed, schools should respect students who embrace their constitutional rights and stand up to injustice – not punish them. And it would be patently unconstitutional for the school to do so.”

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