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Schools threaten to punish students who kneel during anthem


September 29, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Several high schools in north Louisiana are threatening to punish student athletes if they don't stand throughout performances of the national anthem, an interscholastic response to a debate roiling professional sports leagues.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says punishing students who "take a knee" during the anthem would violate their First Amendment rights.

The principals for at least five public high schools in Bossier Parish sent letters this week warning students that they could lose playing time or be kicked off teams if they don't comply. O...

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