Elementary Students Kneel While Singing Anthem At MLB Game

Elementary students kneeled in protest while singing at the Major League Baseball game.

Seattle, WA – Two young female elementary school students took a knee in protest while singing the national anthem at a major league baseball game on Sunday.

Tacoma News Tribune sportswriter Ryan Clark posted a photo of the two elementary school students taking a knee on Twitter. The game Sunday was between the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians.

A choir from Seattle’s Mount View Elementary School performed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

A spokesman for Seattle’s Highline Public Schools told Huffington Post that the anti-police protest was an “individual act by the students.”

“Obviously, the school district respects the First Amendment rights of our students,” Spokeswoman Catherine Carbone Rogers told Huffington Post.

Major League Baseball has been spared most of the protests that have damaged the popularity of the National Football League.

Last year, Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was the only baseball player to take a knee. Maxwell kneeled for the national anthem in September.

Maxwell was arrested in October and was indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct in Scottsdale, according to KNTV-TV.

Maxwell is considering a plea deal to avoid trial. He is accused of pointing a gun at a female food delivery driver who was bringing food to his residence on Oct. 28.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests in the pre-season of 2016.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after the 2016 season and sat out the 2017 NFL season when no teams signed him.

Kaepernick’s teammate Eric Reid was a vocal supporter of the anthem protests. Reid didn't sign with the 49ers and also became a free agent.

Reid told ESPN that he doesn’t plan to protest the anthem any further. He also posted on Twitter that he thinks he was still unsigned by any team because of his protests, according to Sports Illustrated.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Remember, everyone. Thoughts and prayers.

bronx163
bronx163

Its a disgrace.
Show respect to all those grunts airmen marines sailors coast guardsmen
Who all went down range so others would not.
Kneeling bs has to stop.

RunCop
RunCop

Lowest common denominator's kids.....typical !

KaseyCT
KaseyCT

It’s Seattle they learn disrespect from the parents. Seattle is full of that kind of crap!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
The kneeling is a sign of respect to the veterans. A veteran came up with it.

bronx163
bronx163

Dude you as ex navy know what i mean.
With all theae assholes
Using it as a sign of rebelion against the system. Sgand up and proud for our vets who went down range for all
and sacrificed.
I stand proud for the those vets.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
And they kneel to respect the vets but keep with their protest. A veteran convinced Kaepernick to take a knee instead of sitting, to show he had no ill will toward vets. This has been stated countless times. He and vets like me respect what Kap was doing, and respect that he respected other vets.

He stuck to his guns and did it the right way. You don't have to agree with his protest to keep saying he's disrespecting vets. He deliberately took a knee to honor them.

bronx163
bronx163

Its not the place to protest those who made the altimate sacrifice.
Ive been to many cop funerals and never took a knee. Standing at full attention in dress blues and in 100 degree weAther, pouring rain, freezing cold. No one has took a knee.

bronx163
bronx163

Any grunt will tell you better die fighting than dying on your knees.
My father was in ww2 uncles and all stood straight and at attention during national anthem.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Caprice56
Well you don't have to buy anything, because it's true. Nate Boyer doesn't support the protest, but he supports Kap's right to protest and that he respects the veterans by kneeling.

Kap about Boyer:" We were talking to him about how can we get the message back on track and not take away from the military, not take away from pride in our country but keep the focus on what the issues really are," Kaepernick said after the game. "As we talked about it, we came up with taking a knee because there are issues that still need to be addressed and there was also a way to show more respect for the men and women that fight for this country."

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Nate boyer is the guy on the right. Kap is in the middle.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
Kap isn't a vet though. He's not governed by the same regs as us.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@JBo
Now you're starting to get it! You said you didn't see what the kneel had to do with the flag.

It hasn't and never had anything at all to do with the flag. You're absolutely right.

JBo
JBo

You miss my point. What ever the protesters are protesting, whether it's police violence, BLM, no justice, no peace, no verdicts the protesters want, whatever it is...what does it have to do with the Anthem or the flag? If the protesters are angry with the police...protest at a police station. If they're unhappy with a verdict, protest at a courthouse. If I get a parking ticket, I don't protest by kneeling during the Anthem or the flag. In my opinion and in every vet's opinion that I know, kneeling is a sign of disrespect to the flag and the country and particularly to vets. I fought for the flag and bled for the flag. My Dad fought and bled for the flag, spent a year in Walter Reed and was 100% disabled because of that wound. To me, it's about respect. Anyone certainly has the right to kneel or lie down, or ignore the flag...but people died to give them that right. Maybe I'm from a different era or generation or just maybe prehistoric, God knows I'm certainly old enough but it matters deeply to me.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Young communists. They don't call it the Left Coast for nothing. BTW there is a huge statue of the Communist dictator and mass murderer, Lenin, in Seattle.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@JBo
Again, great and thank you for your service. I served, my younger brother is currently serving, and both parents, an aunt, a cousin and 2 grandfathers served.

Not all of them like the protest, but they respect the right to protest.

Further, you and others complain no matter where the protest is, so to the protesters it really doesn't matter what you think about their location of protesting.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg
And there are statues of enemies of the United States dotted all over the country that people protest when they seek being taken down.

What's your point?

Heezels
Heezels

Lol whataboutery again. We get it. you served, fought for their rights to protest. Blah, blah, blah.

On the flip side you also fought for the right of those people to complain. And your right to complain.

Also, Maybe his point is that there are people justifiably outraged and protesting the statues of confederates. But there seems to be little attention brought to the fact that communist figurehead Lenin is parked somewhere in Seattle. That could be the point.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Heezels
Friend, you've got to be more observant than to just reply to my comments without the proper context. @JBo started with his family that served, and i replied.

Next, I can assure you @DieselDawg only sees Lenin as an enemy, and not the Confederates that went to war against America.

Please, follow along.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@DieselDawg, put down your spit bottle for a second and answer this honestly; what are your feelings on Confederate statues?

No. 26-50
Heezels
Heezels

I don’t appreciate your condescending tone, keep your cool. No need to get your panties in a bunch, friend.

And I have read your comments. I’m seeing that your purposefully trying to turn it into a teaching moment about the first amendment. I don’t think you’re carefully considering the position of the person you’re talking to. Please, follow along.

Also, even if dieseldawg happened to be a pro confederate racist, he’s still not wrong in asserting that it is pretty damn weird for a statue of Lenin to be sitting pretty in an American city, and that no one is protesting or talking about that.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Heezels it's definitely a first amendment issue when the leader of the executive branch of government stated that players should get fired for protesting. that's textbook.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Heezels @DieselDawg I just checked on the Lenin Statue. Both the democratic mayor and republicans have been vocal about its removal, and a confederate statue. but they're both privately owned, so they come down when the owner wants them to, or if someone buys it off him.