MORROW, Ohio — Two high school football players have been reinstated to their team after they were suspended for carrying “thin blue line” and “thin red line” flags onto the field before a recent game.
The suspensions of cornerback Brady Williams and linebacker Jared Bentley, who attend Little Miami High School in southwest Ohio, resulted in an online petition calling for their reinstatement that was signed by more than 19,000 people, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. The school district said Monday the students were suspended because they had asked school officials for permission to carry the flags, but were told no.
On Tuesday, a statement from the Little Miami school board said it had concluded an investigation into the incident and determined the students were not motivated politically, WCPO Channel 9 reports. However, the statement says “there were stances of insubordination.”
Scott Williams, the father of Brady Williams and a Warren County sheriff’s deputy, tells WLWT Channel 5were not given …