Fair Or Too Far? Black Principal Under Fire After Forcing Students To Stand During ‘Lift Every Voice And Sing’

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Black Principal Facing Backlash After Forcing Student To Stand For ‘Lift Every Voice And Sing’

A high school principal in West Virgina stirred up some controversy recently when he required students to stand during the singing of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ which is deemed by man to be the African-American national anthem.

According to The Charleston Gazette, students who refused to stand complained about being disciplined for their choice which resulted in the school’s decision to eliminate the standing requirement altogether for the pledge of allegiance and national anthem. ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ will still continue to be played during it’s regular time slot, however, the children will now have the option to sit quietly during all three.

The school district Superintendent Ron Duerring told the WVHS-Tv that  he’d received calls from several parents whose children complained that they were reprimanded for choosing not to stand during the national anthem, pledge of allegiance and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Do you think the principal was wrong to group the former requirements of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ in with that of the national anthem and pledge of allegiance?

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