By now everyone is well aware of the controversy sweeping the country thanks to spoiled NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem as a form of protesting against “inequality” and comments made by President Trump.
The comments in question were rough around the edges and slammed players like Colin Kaepernick — the guy who started this mess last year — for disrespecting veterans and the freedom they take for granted with their protests.
Fans of the sport have been opting out of watching games this season, which has caused ratings to drop to new lows. Some have even lost sponsorships over the protests, but that doesn’t seem to be discouraging anyone from continuing to participate.
Well, it seems the madness has spread well beyond the football field and is now hitting classrooms of young children. A six-year-old boy, who witnessed NFL players taking a knee last Sunday, did the same thing at the beginning of the school day.
How the teacher responded has his mother all in a tizzy.
A 6-year-old boy took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance at Wiregrass Elementary School in Wesley Chapel, Florida, on Monday morning.
The first-grader’s teacher reportedly instructed him to stand.
The boy’s mother, Eugenia McDowell, received a text message from the teacher that evening, WTVT-TV reported.
The station said the text read: “I just wanted to let you know that this morning when it was time to do the Pledge of Allegiance [your son] went down on one knee. I know where he had seen it but I did tell him that in the classroom we are learning what it means to be a good citizen, we’re learning about respecting the United States of America and our country symbols, and showing loyalty and patriotism and that we stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I know its a sensitive issue but I wanted to make you aware. Thanks.”
“He was influenced by what he saw over the weekend, the conversations we were having,” McDowell told WTVT, referring to the multitude of NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem Sunday. “When he demonstrated what he did, he took a knee and he put his hand over his heart.”
The Tampa Bay Times said McDowell considered the teacher’s response biased, condescending and on the verge of threatening.
“It immediately caused him to think again about ever expressing himself in a way that would be different than how other people are expressing themselves,” she told WTVT.
School officials say the teacher was in compliance with state law, but that it would’ve been better if the boy had been taken aside, away from other students, and talked to about the incident.
The student is now being transferred to a different class, however the teacher involved will not face any disciplinary action.
Nor should she. She didn’t do anything wrong, other than correct a wrong attitude held by this child who was disrespecting his country. Obviously he didn’t know any better, so it’s not really that big of a deal.
The bigger story, I think, is how much influence these NFL players have on our culture and society. This is why it’s a big deal to speak out against what they pulled last weekend. They are spreading a progressive narrative that is being set before your children as an acceptable practice.
Maybe more of that good old fashioned boycott will help them understand that Americans don’t want to see that on the football field.