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The Collier County School District is reacting to a principal's announcement that he would ban students from sporting events if they sit during the national anthem.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has reached out to the school district after what they call a restriction of freedom of speech. In response, the district said it recognizes a student's First Amendment right to express thoughts and ideas as long as the student isn't being disruptive.
NBC2 first told you Wednesday about Lely High School's new policy, but the school district said Thursday it's a misunderstanding, saying Principal Ryan Nemeth's message was taken out of context and he regrets what he said.
Last Friday morning, Lely High students watched as their principal took to the morning announcements to speak about the national anthem.
"You will stand, you will stay quiet. If you don't, you're going to be sent home. No refund."