A week after the authorities put a cheer from North Carolina high school cheerleaders out for demonstrating a pro-Trump banner before a game, school officials abruptly canceled the school's Friday night play for safety reasons.
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On Monday, the North Stanley High School cheerleading team, located approximately 80 kilometers east of Charlotte, was tested by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association on probation that the squad had violated school rules when he posed with a "Trump 2020: Make America Great Again" banner earlier According to WLOS, a subsidiary of Asheville ABC, a game was held on August 30th.
A photo of the team with the banner appeared on Facebook after the game.
"We are currently investigating this matter," school officials said in a statement released the day after the photo appeared. "Stanly County Schools respect the right of their students, employees and visitors to express their opinion about their free time in a respectful manner, but the Stanley County Board of Education's guidelines prohibit the display or distribution of political advertising on campus or at school events.
On Friday, Stanley County Schools announced that they would suddenly cancel the football game that evening over concerns about student safety.
"SCS has been provided with additional information that could jeopardize security for sporting events," officials said on Twitter. "After receiving information, the NSHS football game planned for September 20, 199 is canceled and security is our first concern."
SCS was provided with additional information that could interfere with safety measures for sporting events. After receiving the information, the planned for the 20.09.19 NSHS football game is canceled. Safety is our top priority. https://t.co/jxIBaqzNjx pic.twitter.com/pChtIO0xMX
– Stanly Co. Schools (@StanlySchools) September 20, 2019
Hundreds of people on a Facebook page, The cheerleaders said they would come to the game on Friday to wave American flags in support of the cheerleaders, reported Charlotte ABC subsidiary WSOC.
A Twitter post made on the Friday afternoon after the game was canceled said a rally in support of the cheerleaders "is still happening" to the school, although the game was canceled.
The reaction to the school's decision was uneven.
US. Representative Richard Hudson (R-Concord) sent a letter in support of the cheerleaders, reading in part: "Ultimately, these students have the right to freedom of expression, and the NCHSAA should immediately reconsider this unfair punishment. "
But others disagreed.
"I do not think it's right," a resident told WSOC. "You can not have a flag in the game, they called their parents and said they should not bring flags."