A Thin Blue Line photo op.
The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office posted several photos to their public Facebook page on Friday showing officers and students from Branford Elementary School posing with a United States flag altered to appear with a Thin Blue Line police gang symbol symbol juxtaposed with the design of the U.S. flag along with a description of the event.
The page describes the event, and apparent photo op, as a service project organized by teachers Jennifer Winnett and Tina Roush and explains the school was able to adopt 14 officers and give donations of goodies to their local annex office.
According to their Facebook page, through donations obtained from local parents and children, "BES was able to present each officer with a bag filled with goodies and gift cards."
"The program started out as an idea to honor local officers, but turned into much more," the department wrote on their Facebook page.
" Children learned the value of giving to others, learned how important our men and women in uniform are, and were given valuable time to bond with these local heroes!"
Officers took the opportunity to pose with of students various grade levels and their Thin Blue Line flag, which some argue is disrespectful to the United States flag and military veterans.
The department posted over a dozen photos on their Facebook page on Friday.
So far, the photos have been met with cheers of approval from locals.
"Thank you, Tina Scantlan Roush! Great idea! " Margie Mershon Ogden replied on Facebook.
"I'm so stealing this idea but I will give you credit Tina Scantlan Roush," Lisa Lord Lee wrote on the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office public Facebook page.
Officers took the opportunity to take group photos posed with individual children alongside their Thin Blue Line flag. Some students even wore t-shirts supporting the Thin Blue Line, which can be seen on their Facebook page.
As the media focuses on the gun debate, many argue having more officers in schools is not the answer after video and photos of school shootings show officers waiting outside and avoiding shooters after being told to stand down by superiors.
In the NFL news, Colin Kaepernick is currently suffering banishment from the league for kneeling during the national anthem, an act some suggest is disrespectful to the flag as well as veterans.
Police argue the Thin Blue Line represents the officer and the courage they find deep inside when faced with unbelievable odds , and a way to honor fallen officers.
However, some might say Suwanee County Sheriff's Office is taking the Thin Blue Line thing a bit too far with their recent photo op.
It's not clear if parental permission was obtained before the apparent Blue Line indoctrination, or if the activity aligned with the school's approved curriculum.
PINAC became aware of the photos after someone directed us towards a story on their page about a local pot bust.