WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - Little Miami Schools Superintendent Greg Power says the district has received “all manner of hateful threats” following the suspension of two football players who ran onto the field with thin blue line and thin red line flags after they were told not to.
Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley were returned to active status on Tuesday after school administrators completed their investigation.
The incident has sparked a firestorm of controversy on social media and has garnered national attention as well.
In a videotaped statement on YouTube, Power says he and the school board have been accused of being communists, socialists, Marxists and fascists.
“As a military veteran of over 30 years military service, that is probably the worst thing that anybody could say to a veteran,” he said.
Power says he and the board stand by the decision to suspend the players for their insubordination.
Williams and Bentley say all they wanted to do was honor first responders on 9/11.
“It’s now time for us to get back to the business of educating our kids and to rachet this anger and hatred down so that our kids can operate and be in a safe, productive learning environment,” Powers said.
He ended his statement by saying, “God bless America and hopefully we can all agree on that. Go Panthers.”
You can watch Superintendent Power’s full statement below: