Liberation: Manatee students fight to “take a knee” as national movement grows

For a month now, students in Manatee County have organized against the Manatee County School District’s policy of forcing students to stand for the pledge of allegiance and national anthem. They have protested outside the school board administration building, spoken out at a packed school board meeting and called and emailed school board members.

On September 26, district Supervisor of Athletics Jason Montgomery sent out an email to school athletic directors stating that they should not allow student athletes to protest the national anthem unless they receive permission from their parents. District Superintendent Diana Greene defended the policy, telling the Bradenton Herald that parents must put in writing “a specific reason why their student would not stand.”

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