Leonard Fournette extends game invite to sixth grader who refused to stand during Pledge of Allegiance

Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Leonard Fournette has invited a young boy from Florida to a game after the student was detained for “disrupting the classroom” when he refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Per Newsweek, 11-year-old Jabari Talbot was taken into custody after he allegedly violated school policy at Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida. The unidentified boy faced charges of disruption, and ignoring instructions from school officials and the police.

The student was reportedly alerted to school officials by a substitute teacher after she “did not want to continue dealing with him.”

Police were eventually called to intervene after school authorities claimed Talbot had created a disturbance.

Following the incident, Jabari opted to change schools, according to CNN. An attorney for the Talbot family confirmed that he was suspended from school for three days, but now attends a private institution. The family is also planning to file a complaint with the Department of Education. No charges appear to have been filed, per CNN:

The case may apparently be over.
Florida State Attorney Brian Haas said prosecutors don’t anticipate the case will be referred to his office.
“We don’t have a case, and as far as I know it’s a closed matter,” he said.

The substitute teacher who reprimanded the boy is no longer working for Chiles Middle Academy.

In a statement obtained by Sports Illustrated, Fournette had nothing but positive sentiments for the sixth grader, and called him a “bright young student.”

“When I heard about Jabari [Talbot’s] arrest, I immediately had my team reach out so I could offer my support for this unjust moment. Jabari is a bright young student and I applaud him for the strength he has shown during this difficult situation. I know he’s a huge football fan and I’m looking forward to having him come to a Jaguars game this season.”

12 PHOTOS
Leonard Fournette throughout his football career
See Gallery
Leonard Fournette throughout his football career
LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs with the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, September 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
December 30, 2014: LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for a touchdown during the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Donaldson/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 19: LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) points to the crowd with his helmet before the football game between Florida and LSU on November 19, 2016 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. Florida would defeat LSU 16-10. (Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 12: Leonard Fournette #7 of the LSU Tigers on the sidelines during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 38-10. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
LSU's Leonard Fournette arrives before the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
LSU's Leonard Fournette, left, waves as he poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
FILE -In this Aug. 25, 2018, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) celebrates his 21-yard rushing touchdown with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Jacksonville, Fla. Leonard Fournette is good to go for Sunday's game at Indianapolis. The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft missed the last four games and six of eight this season because of a strained right hamstring. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette (centre) and team-mates kneel in protest during the national anthem before the NFL International Series match at Wembley Stadium, London. (Photo by Simon Cooper/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) carries the ball with Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt (91) in pursuit during the second half of an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, left, and Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) chat on the field before an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette talks with reporters following a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) celebrates as he walks off the field following a 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

More from Yahoo Sports:

 

 

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.