A Massachusetts high school reconsidered its decision to suspend a football player who protested police violence against minorities by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem last Friday.

Michael Oppong, a junior quarterback/defensive back at Doherty Memorial High in Worcester, Mass., announced last week that he would join in the protest started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and carried out by other NFL players, too. On Sunday, Oppong, who uses the Twitter name Black Lives Matter, tweeted that his “coaches and principals” had “decided to suspend me for one game.”

On Monday morning, though, he announced the suspension had been “terminated” and thanked everyone for their “love and support.” In another tweet, he wrote that “by God’s grace, justice was served.”

In text messages to Worcester reporter Carl Setterlund, he explained his decision to protest before the game against Leominster.

“I’m standing up for the injustice that happens to black people every day, not just cops killing black people,” Oppong wrote. “We are disrespected and mistreated everywhere we go on a daily basis because of our skin color and I’m sick of it.”

In a statement released Monday morning, Worcester administrators explained their decision to rescind the punishment, pointing out that Oppong had violated no school rules with his protest.

“Recently, athletes have displayed silent protest in support of the dialogue on race and equality that continues to evolve in every community across the nation. This weekend, a football player from Doherty Memorial High School knelt down during the National Anthem, joining the many athletes who have silently displayed their opinion.

“The Doherty student did not violate any school rule when he peacefully and silently protested during the National Anthem. He exercised his Constitutional Rights without disturbing the school assembly and he is not being disciplined in any way by his actions. Worcester Public Schools is a rich, diverse community that thrives to maintain open dialogue about the challenges that our community and our country face.”

Oppong had plenty of support in the Worcester community and online.

Oppong was criticized, too, especially since his protest began on the weekend of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. His protest, he said, was not about them or military members fighting in the ensuing wars and it’s something he’s promised to continue.

If the first weekend of September is any guide, it appears that protests are spreading across the country, with a number of people sharing images with Shaun King of the New York Daily News.