Court: High School Football Player Not Required to Stand for Anthem

A federal court in California has ruled in favor of an unnamed high school football player saying that the school district could not force him to stand for the playing of the national anthem.

Liberals and other members of the cult of Colin Kaepernick will surely rejoice over the ruling even though it has little in common with the NFL kneelers but I’ll get to that in a bit.

The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California addressed the grievances of a player for San Pasqual Valley High whose protest of the Star-Spangled banner led to the school district implementing a new rule banning kneeling during the anthem.

Via The Hill “Federal court rules HS football player can’t be forced to stand during anthem”:

A federal court has ruled that a high school football player in California can’t be forced by his school district to stand during the national anthem before football games, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The student, identified as a Native American football player and referred to in court documents as “V.A.,” was emulating NFL players who protest police brutality and racism during the national anthem before games, the news outlet reported.

The San Pasqual Valley Unified School District passed rules banning protests during the anthem after students at a majority-white neighboring school yelled racial slurs at San Pasqual Valley High School students when the player knelt during the anthem before a game, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“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 added that V.A. will now 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.

What does this mean for the Kaepernick and the NFL Kneelers? How about bupkus!

A school is not a workplace and Kaepernick’s protests took place while he was in the uniform of his employer, was on the clock and ended up causing great public relations and financial losses to the NFL.

While he managed to get a free pass all last season thanks to the media, in any corporate workplace in America, making such a divisive political statement while on company time would get you fired.

Sure the liberals and racial grievance mongers will claim that Kaepernick’s (and other kneelers) First Amendment rights have been violated, but Corporate America is a Constitution-free zone where the employees are subject to strict policies, many of which explicitly point out that such things will be cause for termination.

Hey, I get it that lots of SJW types don’t have real jobs and are slothful losers who have a lot of free time to protest but for those who do – please go ahead and try making a political statement on the clock and see what happens.

As for the ruling, judicial activists in California strike again!

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