Two members of the football team at Little Miami High School in Ohio were suspended temporarily after carrying a "thin blue line" and "thin red line" flags across the field before a game on September 11th.
Brady Williams and Jared Bentley say they just wanted to honor the police officers and firefighters who lost their lives during the terror attacks in 2001. Both boys are the sons of first responders. However, school officials says the boys were told not to bring the flags onto the field and they were suspended only for insubordination.
The Little Miami Board of Education issued a statement explaining the decision to forbid the flags during the pregame ceremony. Board President Bobbie Grice also said that Williams and Bentley were reinstated after serving a one day suspension.
School district officials reportedly say they received a lot of pushback from some in the community and that some of the response was very negative and hateful.
"Little Miami Local Schools is saddened to see this story take such a negative turn. The district enjoys an outstanding relationship with our local police and fire agencies," Grice said.