National Anthem Skipped at Parkview-Benton Game

"To say this was embarrassing for our school is an understatement"

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The national anthem was inadvertently skipped Friday night before the kickoff of Parkview and Benton at War Memorial Stadium.

According to Little Rock School District officials, this was Parkview's first home game at War Memorial. Confusion prior to the game led to the skipping of the anthem.

"Our color guard was on the field and ready for the national anthem," said Parkview principal Randy Rutherford. "The announcer for the game never announced the playing of the anthem. Both teams lined up for the kickoff and the referees noticed the color guard was still on the field located in the south end zone. I saw the head referee visiting with the coaches and evidentially the decision was made to remove the color guard and start the game."

After not hearing the anthem, fans in the stands took to social media to talk about what happened and why the "The Star-Spangled Banner" wasn't played. With the current political climate regarding the anthem in the NFL, rumors began flying.

Principal Rutherford reinforced it was not intentional; it was an unfortunate error.

"To say this was embarrassing for our school is an understatement. Being in a new venue did present us some new challenges, but I assure you these will be addressed." added Rutherford.

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