Thursday, October 6, 2016

National Anthem protest stirs Bauxite

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 7:28 AM


Channel 4 has been following
a National Anthem protest episode in Bauxite, where a mother complained that her son was knocked over by a football teammate for kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem at s pep rally.

The student also was booed by other students, who chanted "USA." According to his mother's account, the student also was remonstrated by a coach, who'd ordered him to "get the fuck up."

This is one of many incidents nationally related to the demonstrations inspired by a professional football player's symbolic demonstration about police treatment of black suspects. And it is another that displays a broad lack of, if not understanding, honor for the First Amendment.

At last report, Bauxite school officials were said to be gathering information about the event and reconsidering a school handbook that requires, for example, students to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, with allowance for religious and other objections. An official is quoted as saying kneeling might also be allowed in the future. That is not a good answer.

It often comes as news in many corners of the United States, not just Saline County, that the U.S. Supreme Court long ago ruled that government agents may not require oaths, pledges and other specific means of acceptable First Amendment expressions. You may choose to opt out from such exercises. You may sit, if you choose. This shouldn't require much legal study.

Nor should it require much study by a public school district to conclude that a physical assault on another student is not permitted, regardless of provocation. And that you should expect a paid faculty member to act against the assailant, not the victim.

Tags: , ,


Comments (29)

Showing 1-29 of 29

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-29 of 29

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The arrival of autumn open line

    Here's the open line. Harvest Fest still happening in Hillcrest. Hog Roast tomorrow in North Little Rock in perfect weather.
    • Oct 22, 2016
  • Nasty women rise up against The Deplorable Donald

    It had to happen. Donald Trump's debate interjection that Hillary Clinton was a "nasty woman" has become a battle cry among women; a Twitter meme; a Facebook favorite, and, naturally, a marketing opportunity for T-shirt, button and bumper sticker makers.
    • Oct 22, 2016
  • Formal opposition emerges to Issue 3, the corporate welfare amendment

    It became apparent this morning that at least some money would be spent in opposition to Issue 3, a massive corporate welfare proposal to allow the state to pledge unlimited tax money to private projects and to allow local governments to also give money to private business and chamber of commerce lobbyists, a practice that has been ruled unconstitutional currently.
    • Oct 22, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • War. What is it good for? Tom Cotton has an idea

    Twenty-four hours after meddling in President Obama's talks with Iran, hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton scheduled an off-the-record meeting with defense contractors, who'd be happy to supply goods for U.S. armed incursions in the Middle East.
    • Mar 9, 2015
  • Beyond rehoming: crowdfunding an investigative project

    The Times has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to support a large-scale investigative project into Arkansas's child welfare system. We're raising money through, a platform that supports do-good projects. Donations are tax deductible.
    • Mar 13, 2015
  • Democratic Party calls for Justin Harris resignation

    The Arkansas Democratic Party today issued a statement saying Republican Rep. Justin Harris should resign.
    • Mar 6, 2015

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments



© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation