San Antonio responds to high school athletes kneeling during national anthem

National anthem policies

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio athletic directors are responding to a New Jersey school district that has implemented a policy to suspend high school athletes and coaches for two games if they don't stand up during the national anthem.

Football players and coaches at a Catholic high school in New Jersey took a knee during the national anthem on Saturday.

 This comes after the controversy surrounding San Francisco 49er player Colin Kaepernick recent decision to take a knee during a preseason anthem.

"Right now we don't have a protocol in regards to a student-athlete choosing to sit out of the national anthem," said Stan Laing, executive director of Northside ISD Athletic Department.

NFL player Colin Kaepernick didn't stand during the anthem because he didn't want to show pride in a flag for a country that, according to him, oppresses black people.

"When there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way it's supposed to, I'll stand," Kaepernick said.

San Antonio athletic officials said it's a good opportunity for students and coaches to discuss patriotism and their first amendment rights.

(© 2016 KENS)


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