The LHSAA on Thursday said that it will continue to leave the decision of setting a policy for protesting during the national anthem at high school athletic events up to individual schools and school boards, a stance the agency also took last year.
In a memo, LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine said that any decisions related to individual and/or team demonstrations during the national anthem “will be determined by each individual member school and/or member school’s school district.”
Bonine released a similar memo with the same statement in September 2016.
Last year, a few Louisiana high school athletes took a knee during the national anthem, inspired by the example of Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling during the anthem at NFL games.
A week after several Bonnabel High football players and cheerleaders knelt during the nation…
President Donald Trump's criticism of NFL players who protest during the national anthem last week incited a mass increase in such activism Sunday. More than 200 NFL players took a knee or sat during the anthem in a league-wide protest of racial inequality. Other NFL teams linked arms with each other, and sometimes with their owner, and three teams — the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans — stayed in the locker room during the anthem.
Read the full LHSAA statement below.
"The LHSAA is a principal's organization whereas in these situations the LHSAA Rules and Regulations do not take precedence. Therefore, any/all decisions related to individual(s), and/or team(s) expression(s) exhibited during any pre-event National Anthem at LHSAA regular season and/or post season game, match, meet or contest, will be determined by each individual member school and/or member school's school district."
Worried about potential fights breaking out if students protested, Central High School earlier this week initially decided not to have student…