Pass Christian football players kneel; social media erupts

Pass Christian football players kneel; social media erupts

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - As crowds prepared to kick off yet another night of high school football, fans at Tiger Stadium in Bay St. Louis rose to their feet for the National Anthem.

However, several players on the Pass Christian football team chose to kneel; joining protests by athletes across the country.

When reporter Stacey Cato posted photos on Facebook, people quickly reacted.

"Now you got it, they want to protest then they should pay for their actions," wrote Ron Pierce.

On another thread, Garrett Vincent wrote, "Anybody who kneels for the flag needs [a] reason maybe missing a leg. All y'all you wanna laugh the reason you get to laugh is because your freedom so take your laughs and kneeling to another country. Trump make America great again!"

While many people perceive kneeling to be a sign of blatant disrespect toward the United States military, the silent action began with former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick as a way to protest the oppression of people of color.

But since then, the action has seemingly divided the nation.

President Donald Trump called for a boycott of the NFL, something that resonated with many fans on the Coast. During a speech to supporters in Alabama, the president referred to a player as a "son of a bitch," prompting NFL players across the league to join the silent protest.

WLOX News Now reached out to Pass Christian School District Superintendent Dr. Carla Evers, who released the following statement:

"Despite our efforts to avoid the scenario tonight by meeting with students and coaches, we had three students who chose to kneel, despite requests to stand.

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