Two young elementary school students made national headlines this week; choosing to “take a knee” during the performance of the national anthem during a Major League Baseball pregame ceremony in Seattle.
Video of the student protest went viral on social media within minutes, with angry fans and supporters of the First Amendment going head-to-head over the girls’ decision to demonstrate during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’
— Louis Penna (@louispenna) April 1, 2018
Here at Safeco Field where an elementary school sung the anthem and two students took a knee while performing. pic.twitter.com/HwHIsowsxN
— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) April 1, 2018
“Obviously, the school district respects the First Amendment rights of our students,” a spokeswoman for the school district told the Huffington Post.
“The two young girls who kneeled during their performance at Sunday’s Mariners game are trailblazers, demonstrating that the quest for racial equality and social justice has support from a new generation,” Yahoo Sports wrote.