Posted on September 14, 2020 10:01 pm

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Two players from Little Miami High School in Morrow, Ohio have been suspended from their football team after they stormed the football field before one of their games, flying first responder flags.

“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.”


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The flags were flown by players Brady Williams and Jared Bentley to honor the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.


“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 noted. “As long as my message gets across, I’ll be happy.”

Superintendent Greg Power had a different opinion, considering he accused the boys of flying the flags for political reasons.

“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.”

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In response to the comments made by Power, William said the decision to wave the flags was not political at all, saying: “No. Not at all. I was just doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago.“

Little Miami High School released the following statement to FOX19:

Little Miami Local Schools is saddened to see this story take such a negative turn. While we understand these students’ desire show their support of our first responders, they did not obtain permission from district officials. Administrators must act when students break the rules.

The Patriot Night program to memorialize the victims of 9/11 was already part of our pre-game ceremonies on Friday and the American flag is the first thing through the tunnel every Friday night. Little Miami enjoys an outstanding relationship with local first police and fire agencies and a Little Miami school resource officer is also a high school football coach.

Little Miami always has – and always will – support our first responders, our veterans, and all who sacrifice to maintain our freedoms.

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