The tension between players kneeling during the national anthem in silent protest of racial and social injustice and those who disagree with the protesters has been well-publicized in the NFL since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt last season.
That tension made its way to the local high school level Thursday evening, when volleyball players from Cristo Rey Jesuit — a private school in Minneapolis — knelt during the playing of the national anthem before a match at North Lakes Academy, a charter school in the Twin Cities northern suburb of Forest Lake.
Cam Stottler, executive director of North Lakes Academy, said Friday afternoon that some adult fans in attendance shouted at the kneeling to players to “stand up” and said “not in our house.”
“It made for an emotionally charged game,” Stottler said of the match, which North Lakes won in four sets.
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