More Schools Violating Constitution in Trumpian Fashion

As the protests by NFL players against racial injustice filter down to junior high and high schools, many schools around the country are violating the Constitution by telling athletes that they’ll be punished if they kneel during the national anthem.

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A school district in Louisiana has vowed to punish players who refuse to stand for the US national anthem, as other schools weigh in on the debate.

In their decision, the Bossier Parish School Board cited “respect and reverence” for the military, a spokesperson told the BBC…

In Louisiana, the head of Parkway High School wrote a letter on Thursday morning to parents and students vowing to suspend or remove from sports teams anyone who demonstrates while the national anthem is played.

“Failure to comply will result in a loss of playing time and/or participation as directed by the head coach and principal. Continued failure to comply will result in removal from the team,” principal Waylon Bates wrote.

The ACLU has already said they’ll sue any public school district that punishes a student over this and they will win any such suit that is filed. This is not the least bit controversial as a matter of law, it was settled 75 years ago in West Virginia v Barnette that schools cannot force students to participate in patriotic rituals and they cannot punish them for choosing not to participate.

It’s just another example of local school officials acting like satraps and ignoring the constitutional limits on their authority. The courts will quickly put them back in their places should any of them follow through on such threats.

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