Obtuse school officials in Morrow, Ohio suspended two patriotic football players from the high school football team.
The reason for their suspension? Flying pro-police and firefighter flags to honor first responders during their game on the 19th anniversary of 9/11 (RELATED: What This Football Team Did With Old Glory Will Make You Smile).
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’s Ryan Saavedra reports:
“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,” Local 12/WKRC-TV reported. “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.”
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.”
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.
The tiny hamlet has a population of around 1,325. The county, just northeast of Cincinnati, is one of Ohio’s most conservative. Donald Trump won 65.6% of the vote here in 2016.