DUNKIRK, N.Y. — A Jamestown junior varsity football player took a knee during the national anthem before his team's matchup with Dunkirk Thursday night.

Lebron Fisher, a freshman running back and safety, knelt during the playing of the anthem beside his standing teammates.

"I'm very proud of my son," said Crystal Graham, Lebron's mother. "He took a stance, he did it alone. He has the heart of a lion."

Jamestown Schools' Superintendent Bret Apthorpe released this statement:

Regarding the event at the JHS 9th Grade Football game last night when a player knelt during the National Anthem, Jamestown Public Schools believes that this presents an opportunity for a learning moment among our students.

Jamestown coaches and teachers will use this opportunity for all students in our district to learn more about patriotism, sacrifice, civil rights, advocacy and freedom of speech. This event is not about consequences for students, and there will be no consequences for this student, but rather it is about a learning moment for all students.