NJ High Schools Will Suspend Athletes Who Don’t Stand During National Anthem

The protest first started by Colin Kaepernick of kneeling during the National Anthem has trickled down into other sports and other levels of sport. From other NFL players to kids as young as pop warner, women and men around the country have joined the 49ers quarterback in his movement against injustice and oppression in the Unites States.

Thus far, we haven’t seen any punishment officially handed out for do such besides sponsors revoking their endorsement deals until now.

According to FOX NEWS and 105 THE HAWK, the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Camden sent a letter to its schools stating that any player who didn’t “show respect” during the National Anthem would be subject to suspension.

Superintendent Mary P. Boyle sent the following letter:


In light of the recent controversy regarding the NFL player’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem, I seek to clarify the position of the Office of Catholic Schools. I ask that this be communicated to those listed above. Our schools are founded on the teaching of respect and honor; respect and honor for God, country and duly appointed authority.

It is expected that our administration and coaches as well as our athletes will show respect during prayer, pledges and the playing or singing of the National Anthem.

The best approach is helping our young people understand that blood was sacrificed so that we all can enjoy the gifts of our faith and our country.

However, let me be clear. We are not public institutions and free speech in all of its demonstrations, including protests is not a guaranteed right.

Failure to do demonstrate appropriate respect, will result in suspension from play (2 games) or dismissal from the team for subsequent offenses.”


Coaches at Woodrow Wilson High School, a public school in Camden not under the jurisdiction of the Diocese, knelt during the Anthem before their game this past Saturday.

Others school districts in Alabama and Massachusetts are reported to be considering implementing the punishment.

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