KENNESAW, Ga. - A group of about a dozen students took a knee in the stands at Saturday's homecoming football game at Kennesaw State University.
The protestors said their demonstration was a direct response to the decision by the university to not allow the cheerleaders on the field during the National Anthem after some of them knelt on the field ahead of a game last month.
"We're showing that we're present here on campus, [be]cause since the 30th, we've really been silent, because we've been silenced," said KSU Senior David Corinthian. "We're here for social justice. We're here to stand against police brutality. We're here to show that we are not happy with the way the country's being ran and that's the purpose that we're here."
The cheerleaders were once again kept off the field at Saturday's game and the student protestors said they felt they needed to show their support for the squad.
"Social justice is an everyday thing and until we feel like we've built a community that cares about us, we care about ourselves and you're just going to keep seeing us out here until somebody wants to join in and say something," explained Dania Luc, a junior at KSU.
Richie Borowiec graduated from Kennesaw State in 2014 and said he is happy that students are taking a stand.
"I fully support the KSU football team and the cheerleaders and what they're doing. I think it's a good thing," said Borowiec. "You know, people get the word out there and have their voice heard."
Others, however, said while they support the students' right to protest, they do not agree with how they are doing it.
"I think you should stand for the flag because I've had people in my family [...] they all fought in WWII and the Korean War and I just think you're not suppose to discriminate against the flag. The flag has nothing to do with what's going on here today," explained Dwight Minton, whose grandson is on the KSU football team. "The flag has nothing to do with what they're protesting."
The students said they plan to continue to protest at football games until the cheerleaders are allowed back on the field during the Star-Spangled Banner, at the very least.