A high school in California has banned the national anthem from pep rallies, after student leadership ruled it was racially insensitive.
The move caught many students, parents, and even administrators by surprise. District officials were not aware of the move until local media asked them about it. Yet, somehow a group of students were able to remove the anthem from a school activity.
There has been debate over the national anthem at an East Bay school. The student leadership at San Ramon’s California High has pulled the Star Spangled Banner from school rallies and not everyone is happy about it.
“The rally started and it got going and I realized there was no National Anthem,” said California High senior Dennis Fiorentinos, who said the omission of the song was unusual since rallies traditionally start with it.
He was told the student leadership removed the song due to what many consider racist lyrics in the unsung verses.
In a letter to the school paper, Student Body President Ariyana Kermanizadeh specifically noted the third verse, which in part says, “no refuge could save the hireling and slave.”