High Schoolers Suspended for Carrying Pro-Police Flags on Football Field Awarded Scholarships
Last week, we reported on a story about two students suspended from an Ohio high school football team for flying flags in honor of first responders during a game played on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Now, the two students, Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley, have been awarded college scholarships, according to the Washington Examiner.
Holiday for Heroes, a local nonprofit organization that awarded the scholarships, said:
“Brady and Jarad are true PATRIOTS, they did something last Friday that showed they are far beyond their years. These men stood up for a cause they believe in. As they took the field with flags in hand it reminded us how we felt 19 years ago, heartbroken yet strong and united.”
The Examiner reports that “[T]he two students were returned to ‘active status’ on the team after school officials found their motivations behind holding the flags to not be political in nature.”
The report continues:
“The results show that there were no political motivations behind this display of support for first responders on 9/11, but there were stances of insubordination,” Little Miami School Board President Bobbie Grice said. “Moving forward, Little Miami is returning the players to active status, and this matter will be addressed as an Athletic Department Code of Conduct issue, with any potential consequences to be handled by coaching staff.”
Good. This never should have been seen as political in the first place. And the fact that honoring first responders can be perceived that way by anyone demonstrates how much work needs to be done to reclaim the culture.