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NC Principal Apologizes for Letting Football Player Honor Fallen SRO with "Blue Lives" Flag
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A football player at Charlotte's Ardrey Kell High School carried a Blue Lives Matter flag to honor the school's fallen SRO Friday night. (Photo: WSOC screen shot) 

After a Charlotte high school football player carried a Blue Lives Matter flag onto the field Friday night to honor a school resource officer who recently died of COVID-19, the principal of the school apologized to those who were offended.

The player carried the flag for Officer Julio Herrera who died in early October, WSOC reports.

“In no way was the carrying of the flag on Friday night intended to be a political statement or a representation of the greater beliefs of our community, nor the political beliefs of the player carrying it,” the message said. “Instead, the intention was from one police officer family to another honoring Officer Herrera. We are deeply sorry for the unintended consequence of how it made some of our school family feel.”

The full message to the parents reads:

The Ardrey Kell administration has been made aware of the Blue Lives Matter flag being carried onto the field at Friday night’s homecoming game. While the reason for this was that a player, who was a personal friend of Julio Herrera, wanted to honor his life and his family at the game being dedicated to his memory, we also recognize that the meaning behind this flag goes much deeper for some. In no way was the carrying of this flag on Friday night intended to be a political statement or a representation of the greater beliefs of our community, nor any political beliefs of the player carrying it. Instead, the intention was, from one police officer family to another, honoring Officer Herrera. We are deeply sorry for the unintended consequence of how it made some of our school family feel and recognize that we must consider all perspectives when making decisions that impact our families. We will use this situation to further educate our staff and students on how our actions send multiple messages and that at AK, we intend for all of our actions to represent an inclusive environment where respect is given to each and every student. We will also work to further educate our students on the impact of using social media to address our feelings instead of communicating and learning from one another’s perspectives. Social media hate is never the way to move social equity work forward. Instead, talking about issues and listening to one another is how we can begin to make true strides towards an inclusive and respectful environment. In the words of Officer Herrera, his favorite quote, you can always do better. At Ardrey Kell, we will continue to honor Julio Herrera by focusing on always doing better.”

But it’s ok to carry BLM flag or wear shirts. But it’s not on for blue lives matter. Wow ok I’d rather support blue lives than a community that does not give one ounce of support to their community and only makes waves when POLITICIANS need help being elected. Let’s go Brandon!
Posted by Bella at 10/23/2021 9:33:56 AM

Very sad to see what we have become as a nation. We value thugs like George Floyd, and not those who put their lives on the line for us
Posted by LE at 10/24/2021 9:51:47 AM

I did not see any where in this article that anyone carried any flag other than a blm on to a football field that is financed by all citizens, some who may not feel that it's a good use of funds or that a police show of power might discourage some from coming to the games. WOW...your made up what ifs' are a joke.
No one said the entire community was anti police in any way...
Posted by LT at 10/24/2021 11:32:00 AM

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