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Jamestown football player takes a knee during anthem

Jamestown football player takes a knee during anthem
Posted at 10:05 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 12:09:10-04

A junior varsity football player took a knee during the national anthem before a game in Dunkirk on Thursday.

Lebron Fisher, a Jamestown freshman, was the only player to kneel during the playing of the anthem while his teammates stood.

Fisher’s mother expressed that she was proud of her son's act.

Several players and coaches in the NFL have taken a knee in recent days as a form of silent protest.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protests last year when he started kneeling during the anthem.

On Friday, Bret Apthorpe, the superintendent of the Jamestown Public Schools, released a statement about Fisher's protest - 

"Jamestown Public Schools believes that this presents an opportunity for a learning moment among our students. 

Jamestown coaches and teachers will use this opportunity for all students in our district to learn more about patriotism, sacrifice, civil rights, advocacy and freedom of speech. This event is not about consequences for students, and there will be no consequences for this student, but rather it is about a learning moment for all students."