By: Kyle James | 09-30-2017 | News
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Cheerleaders At Texas High School Kneel During National Anthem

The protests during the national anthem at NFL games this past weekend has sparked a flurry of criticism and controversy, but that is not all. A group of cheerleaders in Texas was apparently inspired by the NFL players also knelt during the national anthem. During a game between McCallum and Lyndon B. Johnson high schools, around six cheerleaders decided to protest during the national anthem by taking a knee. No other students from either high school knelt during the anthem.

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This was not the only protest in Texas high schools, the national anthem was played prior to the kickoff at the Austin High-Crockett contest at House Park, but several players also knelt on the sidelines behind their teammates while it played. Trump called out the protesters in the NFL at a Trump rally, "Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired." The comment from the president seemed to only inspire more protests as players from nearly every NFL team made some sort of demonstration during this past weekends games.

The students from McCallum high school were warned in a letter from the school principal that any athletes who protested the national anthem faced consequences including being kicked off the team. In contrast, several large school districts including those in Houston and Frisco released a statement saying that players would be allowed to kneel while the national anthem played without facing any penalties.

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