Two football players who took “Thin Blue Line” and “Thin Red Line” flags onto the field in a 9/11 tribute have been indefinitely suspended by an Ohio school.
Honoring 9/11 has Consequences
Cornerback Brady Williams and linebacker Jared Bentley ran out onto their field while carrying pro-police and pro-firefighter flags while at their September 11 game.
Two Little Miami football players pay the price for civil disobedience. They were told not to carry onto the field thin blue line and thin red line flags at their 9/11 game. They did anyway. The school has now suspended them from the team indefinitely. #ThinBlueLine #ThinRedLine pic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr
— David Winter (@DavidWinterTV) September 14, 2020
The two students played on the Little Miami High School’s football team before they were suspended for valuing the lives of heroic members of society.
School Makes Ridiculous Decision
The school which is located in Morrow, Ohio claims that the pair first asked to take the flags but were denied permission to do so.
“Little Miami is saddened to see this story take such a negative turn. While we understand these students’ desire (to) show their support of first responders, they did not obtain permission from district officials. Administrators must act when students break the rules,” the school said in a statement according to Fox 19.
“The Patriot Night program to memorialize the victims of 9/11 was already part of our pre-game ceremonies on Friday, and the American flag is the first thing through the tunnel every Friday night. Little Miami enjoys an outstanding relationship with local first police and fire agencies, and a Little Miami school resource officer is also a high school football coach,” the school continued.
“Little Miami always has – and always will – support our first responders, our veterans, and all who sacrifice to maintain our freedoms,” they wrote.
A Petition Gains Speed
A petition was launched at Change.org urging the school to reverse the suspensions.
“Jarad and Brady took a Thin blue and red striped flag out on the flag after they were told not to,” the petition says. “The school suspended them indefinitely for supporting their fallen hero’s (sic). Sign this petition to help unsuspend the two student-athletes who have lost their senior season.”
The petition has close to 20,000 signatures currently.
The school has not made it known how long the pair will be suspended.