Two High School Football Players Suspended For Carrying ‘Thin Blue/Red Line’ Flags Onto Field (VIDEO)
Two high school football players in Ohio have been suspended indefinitely for their actions before a recent game.
Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley, players for the Little Miami High School football team in Ohio, were suspended for running out on the field carrying a Thin Blue Line and a Thin Red Line flag onto the field before a game on Friday, Sept. 11th. The flags were meant to honor fallen police officers and fire fighters.
Seems rather harsh, but the two boys were told prior that they could not carry the flags onto the field. The high school did not want to set a precedent. Both of them decided to defy orders and do it anyway.
From Local 12 in Ohio:
“Williams was holding the Thin Blue Line flag as he rushed onto the field Friday. His father is a police officer, and he says he wanted to honor all the cops who lost their lives trying to save others on 9/11.
Jarad Bentley carried the Thin Red Line flag.
“I was all for it,” he said. “Because my dad is a firefighter, and if it had been him killed on 9/11, I would have wanted someone to do it for him.”
Here’s that video:
This what superintendent Greg Power had to say:
“We did not want to place ourselves in a circumstance where another family might want a different flag to come out of the tunnel, one that may be [one that] many other families may not agree with from a political perspective,” Power said.
The school district has since released a statement.
“Little Miami Local Schools is saddened to see this story take such a negative turn,” the district said in a statement. “While we understand these students’ desire show their support of our first responders, they did not obtain permission from district officials. Administrators must act when students break the rules.”