Two elementary school students took a knee during their choir’s performance of the national anthem before Easter Sunday’s game between the Seattle Mariners and the Cleveland Indians.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who spearheaded the national anthem protest movement during the 2016 NFL season, retweeted a photo of the students kneeling on Seattle’s Safeco Field, taken by Tacoma News Tribune reporter Ryan S. Clark.
Video of the moment shared on Twitter showed the two students kneeling while the rest of the choir performed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The choir came from Mount View Elementary School in Seattle.
Catherine Carbone Rogers, a spokeswoman for Highline Public Schools, told The Huffington Post that the protest was an “individual act by the students.”
“Obviously, the school district respects the First Amendment rights of our students,” Ms. Carbone Rogers said.
The Mariners beat the Indians 5-4 Sunday evening.