Via The Stanley News & Press:

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association handed down the probation on Friday to the North Stanley cheerleaders for violating rules that “every contest should be conducted in a wholesome, athletic environment,” NCHSAA commissioner Que Tucker The Stanley News & Press.

“We take that to mean that it’s in an environment where good sportsmanship is shown, where people feel safe, that respect for all people participating is being shown,” Tucker continued.

The Stanley County School District announced after the incident that the display violated a policy that “prohibits the display or distribution of political advertisements on campus or at school events.”

The NCHSAA released a statement Monday further clarifying its stance.

“The focus of Friday night football games should be on our students — the players, cheerleaders, band members — the focus should not be on politics,” the statement provided to the Charlotte Observer reads. “For this reason, we are hopeful the situation will resolve, and our student athletes can have a successful fall season.”

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