Should NFL Players Be Able to Take a Knee During Anthem?

BURLINGTON, Vt. - This weekend, hundreds of NFL players found ways to protest President Donald Trump, on and off the field.

This, following the President's comments that any player taking a knee during the National Anthem should be fired.

Kneeling during the anthem was started by former 49-ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a protest against the deaths of unarmed black men by police.

Following protests over the weekend, the President tweeted early Monday morning "The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our country, flag and national anthem. NFL must respect this."

Some people in Burlington agree with the President on this.

"Sports wise, I think people should keep it to themselves. Professional football players are paid a lot of money and they set an example for a lot of people, not just the fans but for youth that are growing up for the football," said John Vos, Burlington.

Others, like Kris Brown think just the opposite.

"They have the position to say something. People actually follow these people, they have millions of people on Twitter, so what it all boils down to, these are the people who need to say something that should be saying something instead of just saying nothing and letting it go," said Brown.

Monday, the Vermont Agency of Education said it had not received any guidance about students or student athletes kneeling during the National Anthem.

The Vermont Principals' Association reports no schools have reached out regarding protests either.

Executive Director Jay Nicholls says similar to the Pledge of Allegiance, public schools cannot compel students to stand for the National Anthem.

"However, students and other attendees at school events cannot disrupt the anthem either. A student, or other individual, who chooses to kneel or sit down during the anthem has the legal right to do so, regardless how we may feel about it personally," said Nicholls.

So far, no protests at Vermont schools have been reported.

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