Connect with us

News

Former Kennesaw State Cheerleader Suing School After Kneeling During the National Anthem

“It’s a burden to have to walk around and be scared all the time.”

Tamia Heard

Published

on

One former Kennesaw State University cheerleader is suing the Georgia school over first amendment violations.

Tommia Dean is one of five cheerleaders who kneeled during the national anthem last college football season. As a result of national spotlight and backlash, the university asked the cheerleaders to remain off the field during the anthem, but the decision was later reversed.

This season, all five women involved in the protest tried out for the team, but only one was selected. On Sept. 5 Dean filed a lawsuit against former KSU President Sam Olens, Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, and state Rep. Earl Ehrhart citing emotional distress due to the violation of her rights.

On Sept. 19, Dean and her mother appeared on ABC’s “The View” where she discussed her protest and plans to sue the university for violating her right to protest by taking a knee at the football game.

Dean told “The View” that she was constantly on edge after taking a knee, fearing that something might happen to her. Many have taken offense to the kneeling protest, calling it disrespectful to the flag and even the military.

“I never want to come across as disrespectful to the military,” Dean said. “That’s not what this about. It is simply about standing up for police brutality against minorities, that’s simply it. For many people who are out there in the military, I would never want to disrespect them. It’s honorable what people do in the military. You’re standing up for your country which is amazing.”

Jumpstart a career doing something you are passionate about with one of College Media Network’s courses. Read about our current offerings, schedule and unique virtual learning environment here.

Tamia Heard is a rising senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Tamia is majoring in communication studies with a journalism concentration. As a southern woman, she enjoys Saturday's filled with college football and good food!

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

Government6 days ago

NYC Passes Its Own Green New Deal to Combat Man-Made Climate Change

The Big Apple goes green.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality2 weeks ago

Massachusetts Outlaws LGBTQ Conversion Therapy For Minors

The Bay State is taking more steps to protect LGBTQIA+ youth.

by , The Catholic American University
Election 20203 weeks ago

A Majority of Americans Supporting Progressive Policies Nationwide

A more progressive union in the near future?

by , The Catholic American University
Government4 weeks ago

Maryland Will Rise its Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The Free State raises its minimum wage to help its workers.

by , The Catholic American University
Education4 weeks ago

West Virginia Makes their Public Community Colleges Tuition Free for In-State Residents

The Mountain State is helping out its youth and their futures.

by , The Catholic American University
Government1 month ago

The DSA Endorses Bernie Sanders for President in 2020

America's largest socialist organization is feeling the Bern, again.

by , The Catholic American University
Government1 month ago

Speaker Pelosi Endorsed Lowering the Voting Age to 16 years Old

The kids maybe alright to vote.

by , The Catholic American University
National News1 month ago

Here’s What We Know So Far About Operation Varsity Blues

A summary and the latest updates about the largest college admissions scandal to hit the country.

by , George Washington University

Most Read From CMN Writers