Earlier Tuesday, Warren County Commissioner Dave Young said he didn’t like what he was hearing about the district’s response to the incident.
“People need to be held accountable,” Young said during the commission’s meeting Tuesday. “I’m actually embarrassed."
Young’s comments followed a Facebook post Monday by Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell in support of Williams and Bentley.
“I support the heroes of 9/11. I support my fellow law enforcement professionals. I support our firefighters , EMTs, dispatchers, and other first responders. I support Brady & Jarad,” Fornshell’s post reads.
The district also defended the suspensions in a statement issued Monday to Cincinnati media.
“While we understand these students' desire (to) show their support of first responders, they did not obtain permission from district officials. Administrators must act when students break the rules,” the district said.
An on-line petition to “reinstate Brady and Jarad” was supported by more than 18,000 viewers as of Tuesday morning.
This was before the district note to parents on Tuesday explaining what the district had done before ending the suspension:
"While the district understands these students' desire show their support of our first responders especially on the anniversary of 9/11, they did not obtain permission from district officials to do this. School administrators must act when students break the rules, and these students were suspended from practice while the incident was investigated.
"With the Board’s support, the superintendent and high school administrators have completed the investigation. The results show that there were no political motivations behind this display of support for first responders on 9/11, but there were instances of insubordination.
“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.”
“The Board of Education supports this decision of district administration,” concluded the message from Bobbie Grice, president of the Little Miami Local Schools Board of Education.