High school football receives threats for National Anthem protest

Threats & security National Anthem protest

GAITHERSBURG, MD (WUSA9) - New threats are being made against high schoolers who are about to protest during a football game.

Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery County just held a pep rally, where many of its players will kneel during the National Anthem at Friday’s game against Damascus.

The goal is to bring attention to racial injustice, just like Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers.

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But the principal has been getting threats by the dozens, the latest is that players’ tires will be slashed. The team remained undaunted.

“Most of the threats are coming from adults and I feel like that’s childish of them, to be honest,” Watkins student Brian McNeary said. “I think we’re doing a good job of remaining calm and dealing with it and we’re working through it together.”

This is the second time Watkins Mill students have kneeled during a game.

Last week, they did the same against Gaithersburg.


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