September 11th, is one of the hardest times of the year. Many Americans lost their lives to a cowardly attack. After 9-11 happened many people grew closer together. American citizens rallied to help one another, many citizens banded together. They started going to church, they began praying for our country, I mean it truly was all of us against anyone else.
That has changed quite a bit in the past 19 years. This past week, on 9-11, two young student athletes Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams in Ohio brought a thin blue line and a thin red line flag onto the field to show their support to our first responders. This happened after they were told by school officials they could not do it.
Both Bentley and Williams had a reason to do it. Their fathers are both first responders. Brady, a senior cornerback whose father is a police officer said that he was not trying to make a political statement at all in carrying the Thin Blue Line flag. “I was just doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago,” he said.
Jarad — whose father is a firefighter — carried the Thin Red Line flag and told WKRC that he was thinking about his father at the time. “I was all for it,” he said. “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.”
The school received tons of calls and letters yesterday. They were blowing up the school in Ohio, and Little Miami High School officially reinstated the kids.
The school posted this response:
“The results show that there were no political motivations behind this display of support for first responders on 9/11, but there were stances of insubordination,” school board president Bobbie Grice said. “Moving forward, Little Miami is returning the players to active status and this matter will be addressed as an Athletic Department Code of Conduct issue, with any potential consequences to be handled by coaching staff.”
It is good to see they made the right choice. Our freedom of speech is really under attack right now in America. People do not even like hearing God Bless anymore. Pray for our Nation, and GOD BLESS!
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