During the public participation segment this evening, I read the following statement to the board.
Members of the Board and Supt. Davis,
My name is Gus Philpott.
In many places in the United States professional, college and high school sports players are “taking a knee” when the National Anthem is played.
In order to prevent such gross disrespect of the United States Flag in the Richland 2 School District, I request the Board to formulate a policy that clarifies respect for the U.S. Flag.
should provide that at any school event no player will take a knee or in any
other way show any sign of disrespect, including not taking the field before
the National Anthem is played. I heard a rumor recently that a Blythewood High
School football team stayed off the field until the National Anthem was played.
I attempted to learn whether there was any truth to the rumor, but
Davis has not replied to my October 26th email yet. The Board
and Coach Mizzell received a copy of my email to the superintendent.
As a concerned member of the community I offer to participate in the drafting of a policy that addresses this subject.
When the public participation was introduced tonight, the Acting Chair stated that no names were to be mentioned. That isn't actually how the Board Policy reads, but I was careful not to mention any names. I didn't dare risk getting gaveled into submission.