High school football players suspended after running with Thin Blue Line flag reinstated to team

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 16th, 2020 3:29 pm

Last Updated Sep 17th, 2020 at 9:19 am

Two Ohio high school students have been reinstated to their football team after being originally suspended for carrying pro-first responder flags onto the field.

Students Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams from Little Miami High School were suspended from their team after they carried Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line flags onto the football field during a September 11 game. The Thin Blue Line flag is pro-police, while the Thin Red Line is pro-firefighter.

Although the boys had previously asked permission to carry the flags, they were denied. They decided to do it anyway, leading to them being suspended from the team.

The Little Miami Board of Education told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the students had been reinstated back onto the team and that coaching staff would be in charge of possible discipline.

"While the district understands these students' desire [to] show their support of our first responders, especially on the anniversary of 9/11, they did not obtain permission from district officials to do this," Little Miami Board of Education President Bobbie Grice said in the statement. "...School administrators must act when students break the rules, and these students were suspended from practice while the incident was investigated."


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