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Two Americas: High School sophomore in Indiana suspended for singing National Anthem

(National SentinelTransformation: A high school sophomore in Homestead, Ind., was suspended for three days for standing and singing the National Anthem in the school’s cafeteria.



According to WPTA-ABC21, a cell phone video obtained this week shows Homestead High School sophomores and juniors standing and singing the national anthem inside the school cafeteria in support of William Schweikert, a fellow classmate who received three days detention for singing the song.

As of Tuesday evening, some 1,700 people, most of whom are students at the school, signed an online petition in protest of the school’s decision to discipline Schweikert.

The local station interviewed Schweikert and his mother, Kathy, Tuesday afternoon. The high schooler said he first sang the National Anthem right after the mass shooting at Parkland, Fla., in February in response to calls for more gun control and because many NFL players were kneeling during the playing of the anthem last season.

He said he sang the national song several weeks later and was called to the principal’s office, where the student says he was told, “You shouldn’t have done that.”

But Schweikert did sing the song again, which then led to a punishment of three days’ worth of lunch suspension.

The punishment triggered an outpouring of support from his fellow classmates.

“So the entire sophomore and junior classes sang the national anthem in my honor,” said Schweikert. “Then the next day, all the administrators were in the lunches surrounding the cafeteria to make sure nobody would sing it.”

Kathy Schweikert agreed there is a “time and place” for singing the song and, thus, was okay with the school’s punishment.

However, she said she’s proud of her son’s patriotism and bravery in standing up for his beliefs.

WPTA reported that school officials refused to comment saying they don’t discuss student disciplinary measures.

It’s not clear why it’s not permissible to sing the National Anthem at Homestead High School.

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2012patrickhenry
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“It’s not clear why it’s not permissible to sing the National Anthem at Homestead High School.” Its clear to me….School Admin’s are leftist, constitutional hating communists. “Kathy Schweikert agreed there is a “time and place” for singing the song and, thus, was okay with the school’s punishment.” what a better time and place than in school during lunch break, better than in class disrupting studies! The question is really, Does the student have Constitutional Rights under the 1st Amendment Free Speech and the exercise of that free speech in or On Public property? I would say they do and that… Read more »

Russell W Coleman
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Russell W Coleman

The 1st thing that this student and his parents should do is to call
“Child Protective Services” and report the School Administrators for “Mental Abuse Of A Minor”.
I believe there may also be an issue with issuing a reprimand or punishment without a parent or legal guardian present. This school may have some legal and liability issues to deal with.

marcy bernstein
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marcy bernstein

unique …… I do not see any reason why the students can not sing the National Anthem.

Dr. Mark Lane
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Dr. Mark Lane

Time for a really massive ( violation of civil-rights ) lawsuit. Let’s spread the punishment around a bit more equitably . . .

Marlene Langert
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Marlene Langert

Not only is it time to take back our country, but President Trump is leading us in the fight to do exactly that. Obama never did anything good, but he did infiltrate much damage to our country and to our kids minds and apparently, many teachers and school boards. More and more conservatives should get on the school boards and take over what our kids learn. Most of the leftists are too young to remember or have never ever experienced what it is like to live under a socialist or communist regime. It is hell! You own nothing, the government… Read more »

Phil Reynolds
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Phil Reynolds

This is disgraceful that the school would do that! Someone Nesds to be fired!!

Judy Fields
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Judy Fields

I think it is horrible to not allow a student on his lunch hour to sing the National Anthem, but give him a suspension for doing so! Would they give a suspension if they sang God Bless America?

David Goddard
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David Goddard

I agree the school administration is leftist and the school district should be sued and supt. Fired

Tom Creamer
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Tom Creamer

This is what we have teaching or administration our children’s education … a bunch of American Hating Commies !

Jose Asis
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Jose Asis

Any American student in our public schools should stand on the first Amendment , therefore the also have right to use the school administration for libraries reaching their authorities . The parents of this community have the right by taking this to the court. Time to get involved now. MAGA from these Educated leftist. The truth is they want to push their agenda as the communist Democ-Rats. Time for all real to stand as a cmmunity, as state, as nation! This are not what my grandparents taught us about our USA..!!! Wake up America, our politicians are turning Arrogant as… Read more »

John Murphy
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John Murphy

Fight this tyranny NOW or live under the hammer and sickle!

IronHead
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IronHead

Get up and sing, This Little Light of Mine (I’m gonna let it shine).

Charles
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Charles

Just goes to remind me AGAIN that I have very little belief in the intelligence of high school teachers. Only IDIOT TEACHERS would find something wrong with their students singing our National Anthem. Either the teachers are too STUPID to know what the song is about and what it means or their just plain anti-American. Let’s get them busy in the 3rd grade classrooms at the nearest grammar school.

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