A school in England allowed students Tuesday to take a knee to protest racism – drawing fury from some parents and a local lawmaker despite claiming the youngsters helped come up with the idea, according to a report.
A spokesman for Noel-Baker Academy — a secondary school in Alvaston for students ages 11 through 16 — said the idea for the display of unity came about following the July 11 Euro 2020 final.
Children and staffers witnessed “racially motivated abuse” of members of England’s national team online following its 3-2 heartbreaking loss to Italy, the Derby Telegraph reported.
“Following this, the school council requested that we do something to reinforce our stance against racism and make it clear that as a school community, we are proudly anti-racist,” the spokesman told the newspaper. “At the staff and students’ suggestion, we have run a series of morning assemblies every day since, which have explored a range of issues around racism.”