H.S. Football Players SUSPENDED from Team After Waving Thin Blue and Red Line Flags on Field on 9-11 Anniversary (VIDEO)

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by Ron Kersten

Two Ohio high school football players were suspended from the team after they ran onto the field on 9-11 with thin blue line and thin red line flags in support of the anniversary.

The thin blue line flag represents support for police officers and the thin red line flag represents support for fire fighters.

For the record:
** 50 police officers were killed in New York in the 9-11 attacks.
** 343 fire fighters were lost in the attacks.

The boys were honoring 9-11 victims and their fathers who work as a police officer and a fire fighter.

One player, Brady Williams, whose father is a police officer said he wanted to honor the all the cops who lost their lives on 9-11.

Jarad Bentley, whose father is a firefighter, carried the thin red line on the field and waved it before the game.

Athletic Director Gregory Power kicked the two boys off the team indefinitely!


Local 12 reported:

Some local high school football players are finding that their support for first responders is coming at a huge cost.

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.

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.

“Were you trying to make some kind of a political statement here?” Local 12 asked Brady Williams, a senior cornerback.

“No,” he answered quickly. “Not at all. I was just doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago.“

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.”

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.

“Listen,” Williams said. “I don’t care what my consequences are. Ss long as my message gets across, I’ll be happy.”

Williams and Bentley heard from the athletic director Monday afternoon and received an indefinite suspension. Local 12 had spoken with the superintendent a few hours earlier.

“We can’t have students who decide to do something anyway after they’ve been told that they shouldn’t be doing it,” said Gregory Power.

*****IF YOU ARE OUTRAGED about this suspension, please let the school know about it!*****

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9 thoughts on “H.S. Football Players SUSPENDED from Team After Waving Thin Blue and Red Line Flags on Field on 9-11 Anniversary (VIDEO)

  1. So why aren’t the parents..OF ALL THE KIDS, at the door of the moron that suspended these kids??? I know I would be,,along with a Constitutional lawyer or two

  2. The IDIOTS who told them not to do it should be the ones punished. This country is all about freedom of expression.

  3. Oh this isn’t political at all. Yes, if they were told not to then there should be consequences but indefinitely? Fighting gets less of a punishment. If the school honored the fallen police and firefighters at the game, the boys wouldn’t have had to take it upon themselves. The team should sit until the school admin comes to their senses. Hit them in the pocketbook; that’s the only way they’ll listen!

  4. And the rest of the team did not support the boys. If I was on the team I would refuse to play until the boys are reinstated with nothing left on their records.

  5. I see @LittleMiamiFB has locked their tweets up… I bet these boys will be put back on the team. Looked like they had a blacked-out other flag(s), also!? I sure hope the school board reprimands Athletic director Power for stopping this line of education. These boys were not even born to witness this history and it needs to be learned so that it doesn’t happen again in our own front yards.
    They shouldn’t have asked, just do it.

  6. Parents need to attend more School Board and PTC meetings or this will continue and our kids will be afraid to stand up for ANYTHING

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