With ‘Banner' held high, Maine enters national anthem fray

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (Portland Press Herald/Kelley Bouchard) — The high school athletic director’s recent tweets telling student athletes and spectators to stand and place their hands over their hearts during the national anthem have raised concerns that some students might feel pressured to do what is considered voluntary under the law.

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Though South Portland Athletic Administrator Todd Livingston said Friday his social media posts weren’t in response to a specific incident, they come amid a national debate sparked by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem and the decision by other professional athletes to follow suit. And Livingston’s posts were followed this week by an email from the state’s association of athletic directors advising its members to plan for possible protests during sports events.

Livingston posted three tweets Sept. 2 on the athletic department’s Twitter account, @SPREDRIOTS, outlining appropriate behavior whenever “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played.

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