Members of an Iowa high school marching band walked off the field in protest of the Star-Spangled Banner – and received the support and praise of district officials, while patriotic students were forbidden from wearing USA-themed clothing in a correlating demonstration.
Local media reports that 13 members of the Ames High School marching band linked arms and exited the field together during the playing of the national anthem before a home football game this past weekend.
Additionally, it is reported that other members declined to play their instruments during the performance.
Other students who were aware of the upcoming divisive demonstration had planned to wear ‘America themed clothing’ in their own show of solidarity at the game, but were forbidden by the administration, which later praised them for opting to wear pink instead to avoid ‘controversy.’
It was brought to our attention that USA theme is too controversial and we are just trying to have good time. PINK OUT tomorrow. #rollclones
— AHS Student Section (@AHSStudSection) October 13, 2017
“It was brought to our attention that USA theme is too controversial and we are just trying to have good time,” wrote the AHS Student Section. “PINK OUT tomorrow.
The pinkos running Ames County School District released a statement praising their revolutionaries-in-training.
— Ames Schools (@ACSD_News) October 13, 2017
“Students lead at Ames High, and they do a great job. The decision to change from a patriotic USA to Pink Out them for the student section was the decision of the Ames High student body alone. The only involvement by Ames High staff in the decision was to give the student body an opportunity to come together this morning and talk about how every student organization at Ames High has a voice.”
“Is this political? Maybe. But we are proud of how our students showed great leadership today by coming together.”
When asked about their decision to protest en masse, band members regurgitated the predictable, meaningless platitudes being driven into their heads by the corporate media, professional athletes, Hollywood cultural vultures, and a slew of Marxist public figures and politicians – and perhaps even their parents.
“It was an expression of my anger and sadness in the direction our country is heading,” said Kira Davis. “It’s to express I stand with people who are feeling persecuted or marginalized by the current president or people in power.”
“I felt like not doing it just because there was a lot of hate and suppression would defeat the entire purpose,” said junior Owen Murphy. “The idea of hate is to make people fear standing out.”
Band director Chris Ewan was contacted for comment by the Associated Press, but declined to respond on record.