Alta High cheerleader says he was threatened by coaches for kneeling during national anthem

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SANDY (News4Utah) – An Alta High cheerleader says his coaches threatened to remove him from the team for kneeling during the anthem and pledge of allegiance.

He says he’s been kneeling in class and on the field for a year now, and this was the first time he’s been reprimanded. 

Hunter Allan, who is junior, explained that when he tried to tell an administrator, he met similar resistance.

He said, “I went to a vice principal and he told me that he was a veteran and that it was disrespectful and to not do that.” 

Since that meeting, the principal of the school has become aware of the incident and fully supports Allan in exercising his First Amendment rights.

Canyons School District spokesman Jeff Haney said, “All of our schools respect the First Amendment rights of students. If any student or family has any concern about an issue, reach out, pick up the phone, send us a note or even send a tip through Safe UT.”

When asked what advice he would give to other students in his position, Allan said, “I would say do it, and if you are told you can’t, Principal McGill has your back. It’s your right; no one can tell you that you can’t kneel for the pledge.”

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