Local HS football teams go head-to-head over anthem protest

Watkins Mill High School football players took a knee at last week's game during the national anthem as part of the nationwide racial injustice protests.

GAITHERSBURG, MD (WUSA9) - It's a heated situation on and off the field. Watkins Mill High School football players took a knee at last week's game during the national anthem as part of the nationwide racial injustice protests. 

Players from a rival team, Damascus High School, were among the team’s critics. Damascus High School will play Watkins Mill on the field on Friday night and some are worried the game may turn hostile.

This comes after a Damascus High School player tweeted a threatening message saying “Watkins Mill can disrespect my country all they want, but if they do it on my field there is going to be a price to pay”.

The principal of Damascus High School wrote a letter on Wednesday asking the community to respect Watkins Mill High School's decision of peacefully protesting.  

Officials are holding a meeting to discuss the issue. 


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