This past Friday was September 11th, the 19-year anniversary of the terrible 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Tributes in various forms happened all across the country, just about every sports team across the country did something to honor the lives we lost on that fateful day, and the Yankees and Mets even wore NYPD and FDNY hats during their games.
However for one high school football team in Ohio, their display of support of the first responders that lost their lives on 9/11 earned them a… suspension?
According to WKRC, members of the Little Miami High School football team took the field this past Friday, running out with American flags, a Thin Red Line flag and a Thin Blue Line flag to show their support for the police officers and firefighters that died on 9/11. The two students carrying the Thin Line flags were suspended INDEFINITELY.
One of the students, whose dad is a police officer, said they gesture was purely in support and memory of those that died. When asked if it was a political statement, he said that it had nothing to do with politics.
“No. Not at all. I was just doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago.”
The other, whose dad is a firefighter, was all for the gesture.
“I was all for it. 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.”
However, it seems that the two asked for permission prior to the game and were told that they could not carry the flags. They did anyway, and that’s where the problem lies for athletic director Gregory Powers.
“We can’t have students who decide to do something anyway after they’ve been told that they shouldn’t be doing it. 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 many other families may not agree with from a political perspective.”
However, Powers has learned that a lot of people disagree with his stance on the matter.
Gee… ya think?
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#ThinRedLinepic.twitter.com/19y9GAvaxr