A week after NFL protests, high school teams weigh decision to demonstrate during anthem

OUACHITA PARISH - High school teams in Northwest Louisiana, have made national news after the Caddo Parish School District supported what some players see as practicing their First Amendment rights with their choice to either stand or take a knee during the National Anthem. Coaches of rival schools in Ouachita Parish tell NBC 10 News they would rather not have to make that call. “We are very proud that the flag flies here and our student body, we feel, has great pride in that,” said West Monroe High School Principal Shelby Ainsworth.

“I would not know what to do if one of our students told me they would not stand. I would not know what to do,” said Roosevelt Rankins, Neville High School.  

Dr. Don Coker, Ouachita Parish Schools Superintendent, says schools throughout the district held a meeting to discuss the issue that has been brought to the national forefront; however Ouachita Parish Schools as an entity feels everyone is in support of standing during the National Anthem.


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