An angry fan berated Louisiana high school football coaches after one of their players kneeled during the National Anthem.
A player on the North Central High School team engaged in a silent protest Sept. 29 before a game at Rosepine High School, and one of the fans approached coaches, reported the Daily World.
The fan walked behind the North Central team area and chastised the Hurricane coaching staff for allowing the demonstration.
“We have had plenty of time to review that with legal counsel and so we have talked with our coaches and athletes about what the federal courts have decided, that students have the that right during the pledge or the national anthem,” said St. Landry Parish Superintendent Patrick Jenkins.
“I don’t think we are going to have any problems with regards to players kneeling,” added Jenkins, an Iraq War veteran. “We communicated with everyone on that and we’ve communicated with the players. Everyone is going to stand and respect the flag in St. Landry Parish. We’ve just informed people of their rights. They have that right (to kneel or sit) if they want to. We don’t want to have any issues with the ACLU or any other legal entity for that matter or infringe upon anyone’s personal beliefs.”
Opposing fans harassed North Central players as they left the field and boarded a bus home, and some fans may have tossed objects at them.
North Central lost 58-21.