Florida principal requires students to stand during national anthem
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A principal at a high school in Florida is taking a stand of his own by requiring students to stand during the national anthem at school events.
Ryan Nemeth, the principal of Lily High School, announced to students that they’ll be ejected from sporting events if they refuse to stand for the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” according to NBC2.
“You will stand, and you will stay quiet. If you dont.. you are going to be sent home, and you’re not going to have a refund of your ticket price,” Nemeth said.
The topic of standing during the national anthem has become a talking point after 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the anthem in the preseason and has continued the protest in the regular season, citing racial oppression as a key to the movement.
But even with the principal’s demands, students aren’t completely sold on Nemeth’s approach to the matter.
“He shouldn’t be ejecting people just because they don’t wanna stand. Everybody has their voice to say something with it,” said student Adriana Pena.
So far, no one has been thrown out of a game because of anthem protest.