SAN MATEO (KRON) — The social protest started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has now spread to the high school level.
Players from San Francisco’s Mission High School football team took a knee during the national anthem at Friday night’s varsity football game.
And this is not the first time they have done it.
Friday night was the second time Mission High players knelt.
They did it last week, too, when they played Redwood High School. And the players do credit this directly to the movement started by Kaepernick
They made their statement while the music played. Outside their locker room on Friday, some of the team leaders told KRON4 about how they had been having a conversation on the bus about racial injustices and about the symbol Kaepernick has become with his silent protests.
When it was game time, the team’s quarterback, Niamey Harris, was the first one to drop to a knee during the anthem.
While the gesture hadn’t been planned with everyone on the team, every last player ended up following the lead of their quarterback.
“I feel proud of my guys for what they’re doing, and I’m honored to be their coach, and I stand for them,” coach Greg Hill said.
Hill literally stood. He didn’t know about the kneeling ahead of time either and was surprised to see the whole team kneeling.
He remained standing up, telling KRON4 that he’s standing for his team and what they’re representing together.
So far, players said there hasn’t been a single bit of negative feedback from classmates–no anger, no complaints. They say everyone at school has been supportive.
With Coach Hill’s support, Mission High’s varsity team plans to do this at more games in the future too.