MORROW, OHIO – When Jared Bently and Brady Williams took a police “thin blue line” flag onto the football field Friday night, they knew they would be punished, but they did it anyway. How punished they would be has shocked the entire nation tonight. The boys have been kicked off the team for showing their support to police officers and it’s unclear if, or when they can return.
The Little Miami School system confirmed that the two boys first asked for permission and were denied by the school.
The irony in it all is that it was “Patriot Night” at the football and the district was honoring those police officers and firefighters lost during the 9-11 attacks in 2001.
“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 district said in a statement to the media. “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.”
The community is planning a rally to support the boys at the school’s next home game.