BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Bossier public schools Superintendent Scott Smith released a statement Wednesday morning about proper decorum for the national anthem.
The statement was released in the wake of several NFL teams kneeling during pregame performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
In sharing the statement, Bossier School District spokeswoman Sonja Bailes said: "Bossier Schools is proud to be part of a parish where the vast majority of our citizens are proud to live in a patriotic community that supports its military and shows reverence when our national anthem is played at sporting events and other times."
Following is Smith's statement:
After Bailes shared Smith's statement via email, some people replied.
"I am posting on Facebook this excellent decision by the Bossier Parish School System leadership in support of appropriate behavior regarding our national anthem and our flag," District 8 Bossier Police Juror Doug Rimmer wrote. "Congratulations and commendations to you as we all seek to instill patriotism and respect in our young people. As a twig is bent, so grows the tree!"
Sandy M. Cimino, senior vice president of business development at Community Bank of Louisiana, said: "I have also passed it on. I am so proud of Bossier Parish School System."
Following the BPSD issued its statement, Caddo Parish Public Schools released a statement:
Also Wednesday morning, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards made the following statement on a radio talk show: