Several high school football players in Ohio have been suspended from the team after carrying thing blue line and thin red line flags that honor fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters on the field.
The boys had asked permission from the school to carry the flags and were denied, but felt so strongly that they did it anyway.
Brady Williams, a senior cornerback who held the flag said “Listen, I don’t care what my consequences are. So long as my message gets across, I’ll be happy.”
Jared Bentley said he carried the thin red line flag “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.”
Gregory Power, the athletic director explained why he suspended the students indefinitely, saying “we can’t have students who decide to do something anyway after they’ve been told that they shouldn’t be doing it.”
He added ““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.”
The boys are now suspended from their team after not heeding a warning to leave the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line flags that represent fallen firefighters and police officers off the field.
UPDATE: Per Local 12 ”
The Little Miami Board of Education has reinstated two high school football players to the team after they were suspended indefinitely for carrying a Thin Blue Line flag and a Thin Red Line flag onto the field when they were told not to.”