Ohio School District (Chardon) Bans ‘Thin Blue Line’ Flags After Football Player Carried One to Honor Coach

By: Michael Ruiz | Fox News

An Ohio school district is banning “thin blue line” flags after a high school football player carried one onto the field to honor local first responders, including a coach who is also a police officer.

“This display will not be a part of future pre-game activities at Chardon athletic contests,” Chardon Local Schools Superintendent Michael P. Hanlon Jr. wrote in a statement Monday. “In addition, measures will be put in place by our athletic director to review any planned pre-game displays for possible connections to any form of discrimination or particular political views.”

After the game last Friday, members of the community stirred up a debate over whether the display was an innocent move in support of local first responders or of it had racial connotations, prompting some residents to reach out to district administrators directly, according to Hanlon.

He said that running out onto the field with the flag “could be interpreted as a racially motivated action” and he also noted that district policy “does not permit engagement in political activity.” (Hanlon is an arsehole and obviously motivated by racist thoughts, as all good Lefties are.)

Hanlon also acknowledged the schools’ close ties with first responders after a shooting at Chardon High School eight years ago left three students dead and injured two, including one who became paralyzed.

“It does not appear that this action was motivated by racism, rather a show of support for one of our coaches who serves as a police officer, as well as for the first responders in our community who have developed a special relationship with our school and students in the wake of our school tragedy of February 27, 2012,” Hanlon wrote.

Frank Hall, a former assistant football coach and teacher at the school, received national praise after he charged at the gunman and later prayed with the victims. Days after the shooting, he pushed back at the attention and said the real heroes were the emergency responders who rushed to the scene.

“I only wish I could have done more,” he said in 2012. “I’m not a hero. Just a football coach and a study hall teacher.”

The shooter, T.J. Lane, was 17 years old at the time. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Hall is credited with chasing him away and potentially saving more students from the gunfire.

In response to the district’s move to ban the flag, Geauga County Commissioner Ralph Spidalieri demanded Hanlon’s resignation, according to Cleveland-based 19 News.

“Your letter sickens me and so many others that have reached out to me and expressed the same disgust with your inability to stand up and recognize their patriotism,” Spidalieri wrote in reference to the players who ran out alongside the flag.

5 thoughts on “Ohio School District (Chardon) Bans ‘Thin Blue Line’ Flags After Football Player Carried One to Honor Coach

  1. Voters wanted to get rid of Superintendent Michael Hanlon last year. There is no better time than now.

    Who is Hanlon going to call after the next shooting?

  2. Voters want to get rid of Commissioner Ralph Spidalieri, he ran for his office because he has no retirement since he bailed early out of his unimpressive performance as an officer. He has the highest absentee attendance rate in the history of the county. He spends most of his time bragging about selling hand warmers to seniors.

  3. Hanlon and his band of merry glad handlers thought they were going to build a whole new campus and stick it to tax payers, but he was wrong!

  4. Racist – Racially Motivated. The words have long since worn out their welcome to the point they no longer have meaning. Anything these dips don’t like they’ll call it racist, racially motivated, etc. and typically the one making the accusation is guilty of it to begin with.

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