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

  1. “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 the school(government officials) are imposing limitations on the exercise of his/their free speech in a peaceful manner.

    I think they should double down and sing it every day, rather them do that than to exercise their protest in a destructive way.

    Way to go Students!!

  2. Russell W Coleman // May 5, 2018 at 5:03 pm // Reply

    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.

  3. marcy bernstein // May 5, 2018 at 5:04 pm // Reply

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

  4. Dr. Mark Lane // May 5, 2018 at 5:08 pm // Reply

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

  5. Marlene Langert // May 5, 2018 at 5:34 pm // Reply

    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 takes you businesses, your homes, etc and you must obey or be thrown in the gulag. All the kids hear is “free”. But it is not free and the price you pay is tremendous. ANyone who has gone thru this would never want it to come to this country. ONly ones who do not know yet or have led a protected life where they have not experienced any of this, can be a leftist. I shudder at the thought of what these people are chosing, not just for themselves, but for everyone. We will not allow this to happen. Trump is strong and brave and thinks with a clear head and heart. We must support him. Anyone who lived thru WWII please tell your families what the Nazis were like.

  6. Phil Reynolds // May 5, 2018 at 5:37 pm // Reply

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

  7. Judy Fields // May 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm // Reply

    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?

  8. David Goddard // May 5, 2018 at 6:18 pm // Reply

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

  9. Tom Creamer // May 5, 2018 at 6:35 pm // Reply

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

  10. Jose Asis // May 5, 2018 at 8:26 pm // Reply

    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 well as our institutions ( schools, police, FBI, DOJ, Liberal Medias.) Time to overhaul
    our whole educational system based on our
    Constitution Bill of Rights. Start getting these
    Educators whose aim is to destroy our way of system or undermine of what we believe in moral
    ethics.

  11. John Murphy // May 6, 2018 at 4:58 am // Reply

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

  12. IronHead // May 6, 2018 at 4:20 pm // Reply

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

  13. 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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