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Football players sing National Anthem when recording doesn’t start

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — When some Michigan football players didn’t hear the National Anthem play prior to their game, they took things into their own hands.

The freshman players attend Carman-Ainsworth Middle School.

Here’s what one mother who witnessed the even wrote, “Amazing class demonstrated by Lapeer Lightning Freshmen football team!!! After we were told per the Carman Ainsworth announcer they won’t be playing the pregame national anthem our team stood proud, saluted the flag and sung it themselves, our crowd stood with them for every note! Very proud to be a Lightning Mom tonight!!”

It turns out the school district, and apparently others, only play the National Anthem  at the highest level of competition.

“That is common and typical in many communities in Michigan. We have never and will never refuse to play the national anthem,” Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools Superintendent Eddie L. Kindle¬†told MLive.com