For the last few months, disrespecting national anthem is one of the devastating topics in social media where the hottest issue is the players in National Football League who kneeled during the anthem. Now, one school district in Manheim Township, Pennsylvania made a difference.
The school has reportedly instituted a new code of conduct to be announced at all sporting events that demand attendees salute the flag or be kicked out from the premises.
This new mandate has people up in arms.
School officials in Manheim Township, Pennsylvania, have rewritten the announcement preceding its district’s sporting events to instruct attendees on how to act during the singing of the national anthem.
Though there were parents who were shocked when they read the announcement at a girls’ soccer game last week, most of them gave full support to the new code of conduct.
Code of Conduct:
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Manheim Township’s Kruis Field at Memorial Stadium. In tonight’s Girls soccer game, the Blue Streaks host the Comets of Penn Manor. The Lancaster-Lebanon League and Manheim Township School District are emphasizing good sportsmanship from all coaches, athletes, and fans. This contest is being played for the benefit of the students and student-athletes of these schools. No body paint, noisemakers, rally towels, signs, or banners are permitted. No fans are permitted on the track at any time. Now let’s meet the starting lineup, first from our visiting Comets (you will need starters from PM and Terry)……Now the Lady Blue Streaks
Ladies and gentlemen, please rise and face the flag, gentlemen please remove your headgear. During our National Anthem, we ask that everyone display dignity and respect for our flag, the symbol of the freedom that was won by the millions of men and women who have defended and continue to defend our great nation. Anyone not honoring this request to be respectful will be removed from the gymnasium/stadium.
When the announcer reads the announcement to everybody, Manheim Township parent, Marcus Blomeier, was shocked after he stopped by the girls’ soccer game while waiting for his daughter to finish cheerleading practice.
“He says, ‘When we do the national anthem if you do not stand, you will be removed from the game.’ I’m like, did I really just hear that? I was floored. Where do you draw the line?”
District spokeswoman Marcie Brody defended the announcement, stating that the national anthem “is performed by students, and announcers at all school sporting events ask audiences to be respectful of the performers.”