Teacher Kelly D. Holstine from Minnesota attended Monday’s NCAA championship that President Trump and Melania.
Instead of standing during the national anthem like all others around her, Kelly kneeled down like Colin Kaepernick.
Holstine then later tweeted:
Honored as State Teachers of the Year at NCAA Champ FB Game. Given platform to stand up for marginalized and oppressed people.
Honored as State Teachers of the Year at NCAA Champ FB Game. Given platform to stand up for marginalized and oppressed people. Like many before, I respectfully kneeled during Nat’l Anthem because, “No one is free until we are all free” (MLK). #imwithkap #blacklivesmatter #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/DimP3pBtBn
— Kelly D. Holstine (she/her) (@kellydholstine) January 14, 2020
TheHill reported in April, Kelly Holstine and Jessica Dueñas, the Teacher of the Year winners in Minnesota and Kentucky, respectively, were not present during Monday’s festivities.
“The words and practices and policies of this administration have been filled with a lot of hate toward the LGBTQ community, so I didn’t feel comfortable in that environment,” Holstine, who is gay, told The Hill.
Holstine teaches at an alternative high school in Minnesota, where she said her students include Somali refugees, students who identify as trans and others who are impacted by the administration’s rhetoric and policies.
“I thought long and hard about what I felt was right to do in my heart,” she said. “My students deserved to be stood up for.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 30, 2019
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