From WBRZ News 2 – Central High School will have the national anthem play at its homecoming pep rally on Friday, when outraged families responded to the announcement. Sandy Davis, the assistant superintendent, said the decision was made "amid safety concerns." She stopped short of saying that she thought students might become violent. "There are students that feel strongly one way and students that feel strongly the other way," she said.
The school will require that all teachers and all administrative staff attend the pep rally to quell safety concerns. Davis said the school system understands its community and considered the reaction of students and parents in its decision.
Parents took to social media overnight, outraged. “My son along with the rest of the choir were going to be singing the NATIONAL ANTHEM… he informed me last night that the school will not allow them to sing the National Anthem,” a parent wrote on Facebook.
The school clarified on Thursday, the decision was made to cancel the performance at the pep rally during school hours due to safety reasons. “You've got a thousand kids packed in a gym,” the principal said, eluding to the idea that things could get out of hand.
However, the national anthem will be played at all after school-activities. That includes Friday night's Central High School homecoming game, it appears. Parents said they hope to meet with school leaders later Thursday to discuss the decision further.