Sometimes doing the right thing comes with a cherry on top.
The two Ohio high schoolers who were suspended from their football team for carrying pro-first responder flags have been awarded scholarships for college.
“Brady and Jarad are true PATRIOTS, they did something last Friday that showed they are far beyond their years,” local nonprofit organization Holiday for Heroes said when awarding the two scholarships.
“These men stood up for a cause they believe in. As they took the field with flags in hand it reminded us how we felt 19 years ago, heartbroken yet strong and united.”
Jarad Bentley and Brady Williams were both briefly suspended from their team after carrying two flags in support of firefighters and police officers ahead of a game on 9/11 in defiance of school directives.
This absurd decision, as a result of the school’s progressive administrators demanding the field say neutral of politics, was a slap in the face of everyone who has served in uniform.
“We wanted to carry out flags to honor the first responders who went towards danger instead of running from it 19 years ago, and we were told no,” said Williams, whose father is a sheriff’s deputy. “We kind of took that to heart, and we still wanted to honor them. And so we did.”
The Little Miami students, Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley, had been told by the school district to not bring flags on the field. But they did it anyway.
On Tuesday, the Little Miami Board of Education said it understood the students’ desire to “show their support of our first responders on the anniversary of 9/11” but because they did not obtain permission from school officials to bring flags onto the field, they had been suspended.
Despite the students’ “insubordination,” the board concluded that their actions had not been politically motivated and overturned their suspension.
I am always for honoring those in authority over our lives, but if they go against patriotism while coddling fascists, then I am 100 percent for standing for truth and support these boy’s actions.
I hope they attend college with this same zeal and if so, I am sure this will not be the last time we hear their names in not so distant a future.