In response to the events at Shawnee Mission West with regard to the singing of the national anthem (2/6, Local, “.‘Home of the Vikings’ isn’t welcome at West”): As a graduate of the school, I am well aware of the tradition of shouting “Vikings!” at the end of the anthem. I was also a member of the choir that sang the national anthem at many games.
Although I find the school spirit of the stands to be great, I have to agree with the principal on this issue. I don’t feel that students’ rights are being violated.
If you look at the doctrine of in loco parentis, which states that institutions like schools can act in place of the parent for the best interests of the students as they see fit, you’ll see that the protesting students have no standing.
The students may get mad that they can’t show their “spirit” the way they want to, but by no means are their rights being violated.
I think a lot of kids (and even some parents) don’t understand the position and authority the school has over students while they are there, which leads to confusion and protest.