Parents of Lansing Catholic High School athletes upset with national anthem policy

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LANSING (WJRT) (1/16/2018) - Hundreds of people in Lansing took to the streets over recent national anthem protests.

On Monday, a group of people marched outside the Catholic Diocese of Lansing to demonstrate their disappointment with a policy at Lansing Catholic high schools that says players who don't stand for the national anthem will not play.

The controversy started last fall when four football players at Lansing Catholic were benched after taking a knee during the national anthem.

In December, the high school doubled down on it's policy, saying any student who took a knee, wouldn't play. Two players who knelt have since transferred to different schools.

A group of concerned parents met with Bishop Earl Boyea of the Lansing Diocese. They reported on Facebook that Boyea listened intently to their concerns and promised to follow up.

Parents are still hoping for a neutral meeting with administrators from the school where the intent is "not to intimidate parents into compelling their students to stand, assign punishment, and deny the experiences of racism that continue to occur within Catholic schools in the area."



 
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