MARIETTA, Ga. - Another spark to the fiery controversy at Kennesaw State University after five cheerleaders took a knee during the National Anthem. During homecoming events Friday night, several students took a knee on stage.
During a lip sync competition on the Marietta campus, one group, the Ladies of Distinction, carried signs and took a knee on stage.
"This is bigger than KSU, this is bigger than this school, we're trying to make an impact on the entire United States of America," said Barbara Menser who is a member of the Ladies of Distinction.
During the games after the cheerleaders took a knee, the cheerleaders were not allowed on the field until after the National Anthem.
Solomon Thomas is a student and a US Marine. He said the cheerleaders should be able to express their opinions.
"It was their opinion, and although not everyone believes in that, it was wrong for higher-ups to say no you can't do that," said Thomas.
Brianna Winters said she understands why her fellow students are protesting, but can also see the University's point of view.
"I see why Kennesaw wants to keep them off the field, but I also understand they have the right to protest," said Winters.
Dae Rogers, who is also a member of the Ladies of Distinction, said she doesn't see the protests ending anytime soon.
"We're excited it's getting the attention it deserves we hope as we continue to do this, it's seen for what it is," said Rogers.
University officials said during Saturday's homecoming game, the cheerleaders will once again be kept off the field until after the national anthem.