Two elementary school students kneeled on the field during the pregame national anthem ceremony at a Seattle Mariners game.
A video posted on Twitter by a fan at the game, Louis Penna, showed the two girls kneeling – across from the military honor guard presenting two American flags -- as they performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” Saturday with the student choir from Seattle’s Mount View Elementary School.
Seattle’s Highline Public Schools said in a statement: : "Obviously, the school district respects the First Amendment rights of our students ... [it's an] individual act by the students."
Here at Safeco Field where an elementary school sung the anthem and two students took a knee while performing. pic.twitter.com/HwHIsowsxN— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) April 1, 2018
The action taken by the students comes nearly two years after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked a national movement by kneeling in protest during the national anthem before a preseason game.
A photo of the kneeling girls was re-tweeted by Kaepernick.