by Damjan Tutarkov
A high school in Florida has banned its football team from flying the “Thin Blue Line” flag, deeming it inappropriate, after the athletes flew the pro-police flags on the field to honor one student’s dead police officer father.
A “racist” flag?: Fletcher High School’s football team, the Fletcher Senators, had flown the flag during 11 games of the 2019 season and flew it again during a game last week.
The team flew the flag to honor former Jacksonville Beach police officer Cpl. Andy Lavender who died last August. His son, Caelan, is an offensive lineman for the team.
The move triggered a deluge of critical remarks online with users accusing the school of being “openly racist” for allowing the team to wield the flag.