Ohio HS Football Players Suspended From Team After Flying “Thin Blue Line” Flag Against School Orders
An Ohio high school has allegedly suspended two players from its football team for ignoring a rule that said they would not be allowed to fly flags in honor of first responders during a game played on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
According to the Daily Wire, Local 12/WKRC-TV reported that “when the Little Miami High School football team took the field Friday, Sept. 11, a couple of players carried alongside the American flag a Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line flags. The problem is, the boys had asked the school permission prior to the game and they were denied and told if they defied the order, there would be consequences.”
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 Daily Wire continues:
The players — Brady Williams and Jared Bentley — flew the flags to honor firefighters and police officers on the 19th anniversary of the radical Islamic terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The local news station said that Williams’ father is a police officer and Bentley’s father is a firefighter.
“I was all for it,” Bentley 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.”
“I don’t care what my consequences are,” Williams said. “As long as my message gets across, I’ll be happy.”
Superintendent Greg Power suggested that the boy’s decision to show respect for first responders by flying the flags represented a political point of view.
“We can’t have students who decide to do something anyway after they’ve been told that they shouldn’t be doing it,” Power said. “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.”
When Williams was asked by local media if the flags were meant to be a political statement, he responded: “No. Not at all. I was just doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago.“
It is truly sad that we’ve come to a point in our great country where showing support for the people that are meant to protect every one of us is now a political statement.