Debate Over Kennesaw Cheerleaders Taking a Knee

October 9, 2017

Kennesaw State cheerleaders kneeling before a game Saturday.Several cheerleaders at Kennesaw State University took a knee during the national anthem Saturday before the institution’s football team played Texas Southern University.

The incident drew ire from the Cobb County sheriff, Neil Warren, who told the Marietta Daily Journal that the students were “ill informed” and that “KSU needs to get busy educating these students on more than just passing their classes. They need to learn all that the flag truly represents.”

Columnist and activist Shaun King tweeted Saturday that families of the cheerleaders told him they were being harassed by law enforcement.

Kennesaw State spokeswoman Tammy Demel didn’t address King’s tweet or Warren’s statement directly but said that the university respects both the anthem and the free speech rights of the cheerleaders.

“Kennesaw State University believes that it is important to honor the national anthem,” Demel said in an email. “It is equally as important to respect the rights of individuals as protected under the First Amendment."

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