Teachers Reprimanded for Kneeling During Anthem Make Their Objections Known

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Good on teachers Tobor Bessko and Marty Wilder for not allowing the likely unconstitutional admonishment they received for kneeling during the national anthem to go without comment.  Both teachers spoke to the School Board about the action and rightfully noted that the letters they received were unnecessary.  The School District’s argument that their basis for sending the letters was that the teachers were engaging in political expression is a weak one since that would mean that standing for the national anthem is also political. That strangers are so invested in how fellow citizens decide to exercise their own rights, particularly when said actions are not disruptive, continues to fascinate.  

Article below by Alisha Romeling at registerguard.com.

Two of the five Churchill High School staff members who were cautioned by administrators after taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem at a student assembly defended their actions to the Eugene School Board.

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