UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- A proposal to end a ban on playing any music with lyrics at school athletic events in Union County has hundreds of online supporters.
Union County Public Schools spokesperson Rob Jackson says the district enacted the guidelines for the 2012-2013 school year because of complaints about offensive lyrics. The district allows only instrumental music to be played at high school and middle school games.
An online petition to end the ban has close to 350 signatures. Author Karen Shelton calls this a “Footloose style rule.” She says the first 200 were collected in less than a day. The group’s goal is to accumulate 500 signatures by a school board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 4. Advocates also created a Facebook page to gain support.
Jackson says the rule was not enacted after one incident, but several, and has the full support of the principals and athletic directors.