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Update: Two Little Miami High School football players are no longer suspended from the football team after they ran onto the field carrying a “Thin Blue Line” flag and a “Thin Red Line” flag.
Little Miami is set to play at Loveland on Friday, Sept. 18, Loveland Athletic Director Brian Conatser confirmed. The Eastern Cincinnati Conference website lists it as postponed. Loveland's game with Milford last week was postponed because opponent Milford had an athlete who tested positive for COVID.
Previous reporting: Before Little Miami High School's football game Friday, Sept. 11, cornerback Brady Williams and linebacker Jarad Bentley took the field carrying "thin blue line" and "thin red line" flags.
Williams and Bentley, who are reportedly sons of a policeman and fireman respectively, have been suspended from the Little Miami football team, according to a statement obtained by our media partners at Fox 19. The players were told not to do it but did it anyway, according to the school.
The flags have been used in association with the Blue Lives Matter movement, a pro-police group.
A spokesperson for Little Miami Schools told Fox19 the players did ask for permission in advance to run with the flags but were told no.
The Morrow, Ohio, high school released the following statement to Fox 19: "Little Miami is saddened to see this story take such a negative turn. While we understand these students' desire (to) show their support of 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.”
A petition on change.org urging the district to lift the suspension had more than 18,000 signatures Tuesday morning.
"(Jarad) and Brady took a Thin blue and red striped flag out on the field after they were told not to," the petition said. "The school suspended them indefinitely for supporting their fallen hero’s (sic). Sign this petition to help unsuspend the 2 student-athletes who have lost their senior season."
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An Important Statement from Little Miami Board of Education. pic.twitter.com/E2fpHsJfnM— Little Miami Schools (@LM_Schools) September 15, 2020
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
It's outrageous that these students were punished for celebrating our amazing police officers. They showed real courage standing up for what they thought was right.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 15, 2020
Does anyone think @LM_Schools would have suspended them if they came out with BLM flags???#BlueLivesMatter https://t.co/SLERkkBHu3