A handful of cheerleaders take a knee during the national anthem prior to the matchup between Kennesaw State and North Greenville, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. (Special to AJC/by Cory Hancock)
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KSU cheerleaders’ Facebook page briefly shut over anthem protest

The official Facebook page for the Kennesaw State University cheerleaders was restored Friday afternoon after the squad’s coach briefly deactivated it.

A spokesperson for the university said the coach was deleting all posts pertaining to the controversy over some of the young women taking a knee during the national anthem, and ultimately deactivated the account for a few hours. 

“The account has been reactivated and the coach has been instructed not to take any action without first consulting with the Athletic Department leadership,” the spokesperson said in an email.

Janel Green, co-founder of Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, had accused the administrator of the page of removing or untagging posts that support the cheerleaders’ protest and leaving comments that were critical. She was skeptical of the school’s explanation.

University President Sam Olens “made it clear that they would not be taking a knee again,” Green wrote to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

“I think they are trying to silence supporters so that these young women aren’t feeling empowered to take further actions,” she added.

Read more about how the protest is testing of Olens’ leadership amid a growing divide between conservative Cobb County and the progressive campus culture of the university.

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