And here we go, one small step for high school athletes and one giant leap for America down the road to authoritarianism.
As the Shreveport Times reports, Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith now says said there is an “expectation his student-athletes will stand for the national anthem at sporting events.” Here’s Scott:
It is a choice for students to participate in extracurricular activities, not a right, and we at Bossier Schools feel strongly that our teams and organizations should stand in unity to honor our nation’s military and veterans.
Anyone who doesn’t abide by this is subject to punishment which, for now anyway, will be confined to “extra running to a one-game suspension.”
Here’s a PR from Parkway High School:
Invariably, some readers’ first reaction to this will be “good.”
But if that’s your first reaction, I respectfully ask you to take a moment and let this sink in. Donald Trump, via Twitter no less, has now succeeded in indirectly imposing “punishments” on high school students who do not conform to what he imagines is the proper pre-game ritual at sporting events.
Now recall what he told the Boy Scouts earlier this year:
Trump tells 40,000 Boy Scouts: "We could really use some more loyalty, I will tell you that." pic.twitter.com/7gQ04lsdU5
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 24, 2017
History is calling….