Several Joliet West Football Players Took A Knee During the National Anthem Friday Night

At Joliet West’s home football game Friday night against Plainfield Central, several West players exercised their right to protest and took a knee during the national anthem. The remaining Joliet West players locked arms as a symbol of unity. No Plainfield Central players showed any indication of protest.

The following statement has been issued by Joliet West regarding Friday night’s event:

“Joliet Township High School will continue to open our athletic events
with the national anthem. Student-athletes may choose to exercise their
lawful first amendment rights to kneel, as long as it is a silent
protest that does not cause a disruption. Individual student expression
on this matter is not representative of the Joliet Township High School
Athletic Program or any individual coach or staff member.”

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