BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - No players with Parkway or Airline High Schools took the opportunity to take a knee as a protest Friday night after days of speculation.
When the schools took the field, the issue of 'anthem kneeling' was on the minds of many people.
That's largely because Parkway High School and Bossier Parish School's superintendent had warned student-athletes that kneeling during the anthem could lead to punishments.
However, the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, says they have every right under the first amendment.
But during the national anthem before the 7 p.m. kickoff, no players on either team could be seen kneeling.
Instead, Parkway teammates all locked arms, while on the other side of the field, Airline players placed a hand on the shoulder of the next player, which the principal told us they've been doing for years.
In the letters from the superintendent and Parkway High School's principal, they had warned that student-athletes who chose not to stand during the national anthem could find themselves on the sidelines, as directed by the head coach and principal.
And the Parkway letter said continued failure - to stand - would result in removal from the team.
In its letter, the ACLU referenced a Supreme Court ruling that state schools have no business forcing students to stand for the patriotic rituals.
Local veteran Randy Metz said, "I think that's fine because they've been warned and told not to do it. I just totally disagree with kneeling. I think they should be standing for the flag. Like I said, it means so much more than what they're doing. And I think to stand up is the right thing to do."
But Bossier City parent Zandra Ashley countered, "We're in America. So, we should have that right to voice our opinions and to have a peaceful protest. And it may not make everybody comfortable, but that's the point of a protest is to shake things up and to bring people aware that there are other perspectives of what America is to others."
Ashley said she was glad to hear that the Caddo Parish School District will allow players to kneel and exercise their first amendment rights, as long as their protest remains peaceful and civil.
There have been reports of some concerns that the Bossier Schools district could find itself facing some sort of free speech lawsuit.
Former Parkway and LSU quarterback Brandon Harris reacted to the incident on twitter.