NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - After multiple protests last week during the National Anthems at high school football games, questions arose whether any action should be taken against those who refuse to stand. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) began looking into the matter after reports of protests last Friday by both athletes and fans. At the Bonnabel High School football game last Friday at West Jefferson, the entire team took a knee,
Since then, the LHSAA began meeting with lawyers and looking at how similar protests are being handled elsewhere, On Tuesday, the organization decided to basically punt. They voted to leave the matter in the hands of individual schools or school districts.
We reached out to Elizabeth Branley, executive director of communications for Jefferson Parish Schools. She says no decision has been made as of yet over what action, if any, will be taken. She says a meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday with high school athletic directors to discuss the issue.
The protests all began after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the Star Spangled Banner as a protest over race relations in the country. Despite being criticized and ostracized, he says he wants to bring awareness to what he sees as injustice and a lack of accountability for public officials. .
The LHSAA released the following statement on Tuesday.
The LHSAA is a principal organization whereas in these situations where the LHSAA Rules and Regulations do no take precedence, any/all decisions related to the individual(s) and/or team(s) expression(s) exhibited during any pre--event National Anthem at a LHSAA regular season and/or post season game, match, meet or contest, will be determined by each individual member school and/or member school's school district.