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Sioux City Superintendent speaks out on high school athletes kneeling for National Anthem

Sioux City Superintendent speaks out on high school athletes kneeling for National Anthem

Sioux City Schools are defending the decision by three West High volleyball players to kneel during the national anthem prior to their playoff match against Sioux City East last night.

The players' action is in league with other athletes across the country, protesting poor race relations in America.

Some critics, including President Trump, have criticized the protests as disrespectful to the American flag and veterans, though Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman says the students have the right to protest.

"I think we have to acknowledge that, why they still have rights here in the district, it is our job to teach them the proper way in which to express themselves. So this is a venue where we allow for that freedom of expression," said Dr. Gausman.

Plenty of you have been reacting to the players' protest in this story on our social media.

Do you agree with their decision to kneel or think it's disrespectful?

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Original story: http://siouxlandnews.com/sports/content/west-players-kneel-for-anthem-before-regional-battle-with-east


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