A week after four players from the Withrow (Cincinnati) football team raised their fists during the national anthem, almost the entire team raised their firsts Friday night before a game against Anderson.
The players had said they planned to make a similar protest – most likely dropping to one knee – but instead they opted to again raise their fists.
Ahead of Friday night football games involving its teams, Cincinnati Public Schools circulated an email with school principals offering guidance for student-athlete conduct during the Star-Spangled Banner.
The brief statement reads: “Cincinnati Public Schools, in respect of the flag and all who have served our country, encourages its students to stand during the national anthem. If a student chooses not to stand as an expression of the student’s individual beliefs, Cincinnati Public Schools respects the student’s right to freedom of speech.”
Janet Walsh, the district spokeswoman, said students would not be disciplined or punished if they make a peaceful protest.