School Refuses To Play Anthem Before Game So Football Team Takes Action, Leaves Stadium In Tears

While pundits across the country debate the validity of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem, a Lapeer football team took a stand of its own; literally.


Prior to the Lapeer Lightning’s freshman football game on Wednesday, Aug. 31, the team was informed by the host team announcer — Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint Township — that the national anthem would not play before the game.

Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools Superintendent Eddie L. Kindle said the national anthem was played prior to the junior varsity game held later in the night.

“Like most schools in the state of Michigan, we choose to play the national anthem prior to the highest level of competition,” Kindle said.

But rather than accept that there was no anthem before their kickoff, the Lapeer freshmen took to the sidelines to stand and salute the flag. Then they began to sing.

- Heather Laskin,



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