Charleston West Virginia’s Capital High School Principal, Clinton Giles, forced students to stand quietly every Friday for the “Negro National Anthem” ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing.’ If students refused to participate, they were singled out for ridicule.
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Giles’ boss and the school board were called in to force Giles to change his school’s policy requiring students to stand during the song.
From the DailyMail here:
Capital High School is changing its policy so students will no longer be required to stand for the playing of the national anthem, pledge or anything else played over the loudspeaker during morning observances.
Principal Clinton Giles revised the policy Wednesday following an investigation by Mark Milam, assistant superintendent for Kanawha County high schools, and a conversation with Superintendent Ron Duerring.
Giles said he was “completely and totally exonerated” following the investigation, but the school is adding the words “or sit” to its policy regarding student participation during the Pledge of Allegiance.
The song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” embodies “the idea that everybody is somebody at Capital,” Giles told the Daily Mail. Every Friday it would be played over the school’s loudspeaker directly after the national anthem and pledge. Students were required to stand for all three.
This upset at least two students and one parent.
Kim Bailey is the mother of one student who chose not to stand. She said the song is considered the “African-American National Anthem” and it was disrespectful to make students stand for it.
Her son chose not to stand and was sent to the office several times because of his decision, she said. She also said Giles made statements over the loudspeaker about the situation that “ostracized” her son.
Liberals only want to play the National Anthem if they can editorialize it with their own agenda. This principal seems to be tap-dancing around his own policy to play the Negro National Anthem. Just stop playing the song and teach the kids. Why is that so difficult?