Court Backs High School Student's Anthem Protest

Federal court sides with California football player who took a knee
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2017 3:44 PM CST
In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Detroit Lions players take a knee during the national anthem.   (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

(Newser) – A federal court has sided with a California high school football player who took a knee during the national anthem, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Native American teenager, identified as "V.A.," sued after the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District put a rule in place banning such protests among its students. The rule went into effect after students at an opposing school hurled racial slurs against San Pasqual players and fans because not all of its players stood during the anthem, per CBS Sports. "Students like our client who conscientiously carry their values and ideals with them cannot be silenced or directed on what to say or not say by their school in this manner," says the teen's attorney. (Read more national anthem stories.)

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