• May 24, 2024

School Says No National Anthem At Game; Team Decides To Teach Them A Lesson

The players of Lapeer High School’s freshman football team were ready to take the field last week when they noticed something wasn’t right. As they lined up on the sideline, the team realized that the national anthem wasn’t going to be played before their game.

As Mlive reports, the Lapeer Lightning freshman team were playing at host Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint Township, Michigan. Because the anthem had been played before the earlier junior varsity game, the host school decided not to play it again. The Lightning didn’t know that, however, and thought that their hosts were having trouble with the sound system.

One of the Lapeer coaches told the team that if the music wasn’t going to play, they would step in and sing. As the fans and players on both sides stood and faced the flag, the Lapeer Lighting sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”


Lapeer head coach Bryan Sahr said he was impressed with his team’s patriotism and their courage. After all, it’s not an easy thing to do an impromptu anthem in front of an audience. Sahr told MLive:

“A lot of teenagers would be embarrassed to do that. I know I don’t like to hear myself sing.”

Coach Sahr was touched to see his team demonstrate such patriotism. One proud parent even posted a photo of the Lightning on Facebook as they stood at attention and saluted the flag.

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