Jefferson County Public Schools will not discourage National Anthem protests during high school football games tonight.
Jerry Wyman, director of athletics at JCPS, says his office will leave it up to individual schools on how to handle protests.
Here are details from the Courier-Journal:
Jerry Wyman, director of athletics for Jefferson County Public Schools, said his office will leave it up to individual schools on how to handle protests.
Wyman said his office would not discourage athletes from taking a knee during the national anthem. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has no rules regarding whether players and team officials must stand during the national anthem.
“When you have LeBron James talking about it, kids are going to listen. They wear his shoes. But what they decide to do with their actions, I don’t know.”
Troy Johnson, Fern Creek AD
“I trust our coaches and ADs and school leaders to do what they think is best,” Wyman said. “It means different things to different people. It’s hard to sit here and tell people what to do. …
“I think the most important thing is that we need to talk about it and not preach about it. Why is this happening and why is the president saying what he’s saying? We’re teachers first. There’s a reason we attach sports teams to our schools.”