At Neptune Beach’s Fletcher High School, the pro-police Thin Blue Line flag has been a fixture on the football field for more than a year. Throughout the 2019 season and then again for the first game of the year last week, the football team proudly ran onto the field with the flag to show support for local police. Unfortunately, in an age where it is actually considered an act of racism to say something as uncontroversial as “all lives matter,” it should not surprise you that the flag has engendered controversy among many on social media.
“…Fletcher really out here being openly racist…” wrote one mental giant.
“Thin blue flag shown at Fletcher High School game, a lot of students aren’t happy,” whined another.
Gee, we seem to recall that when some NFL fans weren’t “happy” with watching two teams lock arms in some theatrical show of “unity,” they were derided as a bunch of spoiled white supremacists and were accused of seeing black athletes as little more than bodies to be used and abused for their entertainment. But when fans aren’t “happy” with a pro-police sentiment being displayed on the field – ohhh, THAT we have to take seriously.
Adding another layer to this story: The flag was introduced into the games by Caelan Lavender, a junior offensive lineman who lost his dad – a 29-year veteran of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department – to a sudden death last August.
“It is all about my son’s love for his dad and his memory,” said Caelan’s mother.
Unfortunately, Fletcher High School Principal Dean Ledford is more concerned about a few aggrieved leftists than about his student’s tribute to his late father.
“In consultation with the coaches, I determined that the act of using this flag in this personal way, while in the context of the football game opening ceremony, could easily be construed as representing a political position of our school and not just the personal feelings of the student and his teammates,” Ledford said in a statement. “Therefore, I have determined that it is no longer appropriate to continue. I am in conversation with the student and his teammates about ways they can appropriately express their personal views.”
We’re sure he can feel free to fly a Black Lives Matter flag in “honor of his father” if that’s what he chooses to do.
This is utterly pathetic.