“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 two students were returned to “active status” on the team after school officials found their motivations behind holding the flags to not be political in nature.
“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,” Little Miami 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.”
Holiday for Heroes did not report how much the scholarships are worth.