Federal Court Rules High School Can't Ban Their Players From Kneeling

California high school rebuked by court for making a rule that students must stand during national anthem

A federal court has ruled that a high school football player in California can’t be forced to stand during the national anthem before football games.

The student, identified as a Native American football player, and referred to in court documents as “V.A.,” was copying NFL players with the anti-police protests, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The San Pasqual Valley Unified School District had passed rules requiring players to stand during the national anthem before the player knelt, the newspaper reported.

The Washington Times reported that the court said that school district was impeding on the student’s first amendment rights and said the district could intervene only when a student’s exercise of free speech or expression threatens to disrupt the learning environment.

"We are pleased with this outcome," Katie Traverso, V.A.'s attorney, said in a news release. "Students like our client who conscientiously carry their values and ideals with them, cannot be silenced or directed on what to say or not say by their school in this manner.”

She said V.A. will seek a permanent injunction banning the rule. The court's decision comes two months after two Texas high school students were kicked off a private football team for similar protests during the national anthem.

The reaction on social media was mixed.

“Don’t ban, just bench,” said an Alan Lawrence on the Facebook page of The Hill. “Unless he is a superstar, then he’ll play no matter what because winning is everything.”

“I agree they would be able to kneel if they please,” said a Jim Cortez on The Hill’s Facebook page. “However, that doesn’t mean they need to play. They can practice kneeling all night long on the sidelines.”

Do you think that high schools should be able to enforce rules about their players not kneeling during the anthem? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Of course schools shouldn't have a say in expression, unless it interferes with another person, like the court said.

Cclaxton0
Cclaxton0

Kids are being taught to show respect. When rhey become an adult, then they are free to become an inconsiderate asshole

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Cclaxton0 they were trying to teach the kid to blindly follow rules. If anyone in this country should have a problem with the American flag, it's the native americans.

Poileas
Poileas

I'm Native American, and like my Like My Grandfather, my Grand Uncles, My Father, My Uncles, My Aunts, and My Nephews, I will be buried under the United States Flag.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

I just wish they'd stop putting up afro puff head every time someone takes a knee. Poster child for disrespect. He may have a point - since he's native American, but chose the wrong venue. Many Native Americans have no problems with tax free reservations and all the millions made from their casinos, nor have issue all with the free money that comes in each month. If they truly hate this country they'd accept nothing free from it. If your neighbor were screwing your wife, but wrote you a check every month and you accepted it, you can't complain about him screwing your wife and have people give a shit. Just like an Atheist doesn't complain about getting the day off at work for Christmas.