COLLIER COUNTY (WBBH) — A Collier County principal is taking a stand on the national anthem — telling students if they don’t stand during the Star Spangled Banner at school events, they will be sent home.
Ryan Nemeth is the Principal at Lely High School where told the student body the way he feels about the national anthem.
“It’s something I’m very passionate about and it’s something you will do,” Nemeth announced.
Nemeth announced the policy he said will apply to students at all school-sponsored sporting events.
“You will stand and you will stay quiet if you don’t, you are going to be sent home and you’re not going to have a refund of your ticket price,” he continued.
“I feel like he has the right to do that but that’s a little harsh,” said senior Max Cadet.
Adrianas Pena is on the Lely basketball team and she agrees. “He shouldn’t be ejecting people just because they don’t wanna stand. Everybody has their voice to say something with it.”
She supports standing for the anthem but thinks the administration could choose a better way to teach its students why they should stand.
“I think he should just say can you please stand up as a sign of respect for the people who are fighting for our rights,” Pena said.
Karen Miller’s daughter attends Lely. “I’ve told my children that they will stand and respect the flag,” she said. “After watching it I have to say that I do agree with the principal.”
Miller says she thinks the policy is fair. “You are on school property if this is the school policy then you need to follow the school policy.”
The Collier County School District has not yet replied about the policy regarding the national anthem.