Trump later tweeted that he asked Pence to leave the stadium “if any players kneeled.” In Houston last week, as the national anthem controversy continued across the nation, Kizzy Landry was simply trying to get her daughter back in school.
She repeatedly called the school, trying to set up a meeting with the principal, the lawsuit says.
The 17-year-old senior was one of many relatively anonymous people who have followed the lead of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police violence against black people, among other discrimination.
At Windfern High School, India and other students are required to stand during the pledge, even if they don’t recite it.
Critics of the protests say Americans should respect their nation’s flag and that not doing so is particularly disrespectful to veterans.
India’s reason for sitting wasn’t religious; she had expressed opinions similar to Kaepernick’s.
“I don’t think the flag is for what it says it’s for, liberty and justice and … “It’s not obviously what’s going on in America today.” Her lawsuit says timing and the political climate were at play in her expulsion.
2, instead of being in class when the pledge was recited, India was in the principal’s office.
The lawsuit doesn’t say why, and school officials didn’t return calls seeking comment.