Many of our Leftist-run public education institutions are becoming disturbingly anti-American, and it’s certainly evident by their harsh punishment of a few football players who recently showed their support for our police and our country.
Two Ohio high school football players have been suspended “indefinitely” after they controversially flew the American, Thin Blue Line, and Thin Red Line flags before their football game on September 11th.
Fox 19 NOW reported Little Miami High School issued a conflicting statement explaining their decision, condemning the teens for failing to “obtain permission from district officials,” claiming, “Administrators must act when students break the rules.”
While the statement reprimanded their actions, the school then tried to pledge unending support for police and first responders. Attempting to justify their response, they said their pre-game ceremonies were dedicated to memorializing the victims of 9/11 and they fly the American flag at every football game.
The school must not realize how offensive it is to essentially say “we already remembered 9/11, no need to do anything more,” especially when the yearly phrase we say about the terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 people on American soil is “Never Forget.” The school is literally punishing the boys for not forgetting.
Ironically, their statement continued, “Little Miami always has – and always will – support our first responders, our veterans, and all who sacrifice to maintain our freedoms,” they wrote.
However, the boys, Brady Williams and Jared Bentley, had asked their school for permission prior to the game, but they were denied.
Exemplifying true civil disobedience, they did it anyway.
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 length of their suspension remains unknown.
When asked if he was trying to make a political statement, Williams, whose father is a police officer, defended himself. He responded, “No, not at all. I was just doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago,” Local 12 reported.
“Listen,” he said. “I don’t care what my consequences are. As long as my message gets across, I’ll be happy.”
Bentley, who carried the “thin red line” flag, shared Williams’ attitude on the situation. He said, “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.”
It is completely abhorrent that the school suspended the teens on 9/11 considering that they were not only honoring the heroes of that day, but also the fact that their fathers are both first responders.
Furthermore, in case the school forgot about the Constitution, these boys have every right under the 1st Amendment to fly any flag they want.
It’s understandable that the school wants to maintain certain rules, however, suspension sees like cruel and unusual punishment in this case. Remember that schools just reopened weeks ago after being closed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, which many experts warned would have serious developmental consequences on kids who should be in school. So, for the boys to go back to school, just to be kicked out for supporting the police (a.k.a. their parents) is more like a vicious, personal attack on their ideology.
The superintendent of the district, Gregory Power, proves that in his statement. Power said he sees flying the “thin blue line” and “thin red line” flags as a political statement and he does not want to perpetuate that.
“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,” Power said.
In 2020, there is no room for middle stances on divisive issues like this. You will be subject to repercussions no matter what side you pick, even if it’s the middle. This is why it’s especially important to take the side of what is right and the truth, rather than being “politically correct” to appease a certain group, so that when you do get backlash, you’re at least being honest.
Regardless, it is still disgusting that the school would punish kids for remembering 9/11 in their own way and honoring those who helped. That includes police and first responders, whether the school likes it or not. It’s not a political statement, it’s a fact. Up until May of this year, most of America acknowledged that truth.
Hopefully, more Americans start acting as brave as these high school students did and begin to stand up for their beliefs despite the consequences.