WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - A driving rally was held Friday evening prior to Little Miami High School’s home football game against Milford High School in support of two Little Miami students who ran onto the field with thin blue line and thin red line flags in early September.
Police escorted the parade through the parade route.
Milford students Sia Tefea and Lawson Hamilton told FOX19 NOW they arrived to watch their team play without any idea the parade was happening. It was a nice bonus to the Friday night experience, they said.
“It’s amazing how many people came out just for this," Hamailton said.
The game against Milford is Little Miami’s first home contest since Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley, both football players, were suspended for carrying the flags onto the field during Little Miami’s game against Turpin High School on the 19th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
That act came during Patriot Night, during which the teams memorialized the victims of 9/11 during a pregame ceremony. Moreover, as the school district pointed out afterwards, “the American flag is the first thing through the tunnel every Friday night.”
A spokesperson for Little Miami Schools said the players had asked for permission in advance of the act and were denied. They were suspended the following Monday.
Those suspensions were overturned the next day by the Little Miami School District, whose investigation reportedly found the players' act was not political in nature.
Williams and Bentley spoke to FOX19 NOW about their actions previously. Williams denied the act was politically motivated.
Ten days later, Williams and Bentley joined President Donald Trump onstage at a rally.