Cheerleaders who thrust Kennesaw State University into the spotlight by taking a knee during the national anthem plan to kneel again in an upcoming game.
A member of the group of cheerleaders at the center of the protest, dubbed the “Kennesaw Five,” told CBS46 the women are planning to kneel Saturday during “The Star Spangled Banner,” but they will be doing so in the tunnel out of public view.
The Georgia school announced that the protesting cheerleaders would be taken off the field for Saturday’s homecoming game following their decision to take a knee during a recent game.
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The cheerleaders said they were protesting police brutality and racism but Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren expressed his outrage to Kennesaw State President Sam Olens, who promised it would not happen again.
According to CBS46:
Meanwhile, the Board of Regents has launched an investigation into how the school handled this, including questionable conversations between the school’s president and a local lawmaker and sheriff, who pressured him to side against the women and their right to take a knee.
A number of schools, including some in Georgia, conferenced to talk to student athletes about how to avoid the conflict KSU is embroiled in.
The university has not backed down from its decision to keep the protesting women out of view at the Fifth Third Bank Stadium, which has 8,300-seats.
The young women at the center of the controversy told WSBTV the attention their protest has brought is “definitely worth it.”
State Rep. Earl Ehrhart warned of the “slippery slope” if the cheerleaders were allowed to continue their protesting.
“If we allow KSU cheerleaders a venue without restriction, can we restrict a player with a Confederate flag?,” The Cobb County Republican lawmaker said in a statement, according to WSBTV. “Can we restrict Klan scum with a hood? Viewpoint discrimination is a slippery slope.”
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