Churchill staff members kneel for National Anthem

The 4J school district officials said the letter of directive given to staff members is simply a reminder to not make political statements during school hours.

Posted: Jun. 11, 2018 7:02 PM
Updated: Jun. 11, 2018 7:10 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The 4J school district said five staff members at Churchill High School were given a letter of directive after they kneeled during the National Anthem at a student assembly.

Kerry Delf with 4J said the letters were handed out just after that assembly on June 1.

Delf said the letters are simply a reminder to staff members that making political statements during school hours is not allowed.
She said no disciplinary action was taken.

"There's no discipline, nobody has been disciplined," said Delf. "But, we want all of our staff to understand that our students come from all backgrounds, our students have all different views, and our role is to help them become productive, engaged citizens, rather than engaging in political demonstration ourselves."

Delf said if employees don't wish to take part in the National Anthem, they can talk about that with an administrator and arrangements will be made.

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