Stafford schools chief apologizes to 'Banana Man' protesters

      STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - Stafford Schools Superintendent Randy Bridges has apologized for a school's response to students protesting the suspension of a classmate.

      Some students at Colonial Forge High School wore yellow "Free Banana Man" T-shirts last week to protest 14-year-old Bryan Thompson's suspension. Thompson was suspended for 10 days after he donned a banana costume and ran around the football field at halftime of a game on Sept. 16.

      Some students reported that they were told to remove the shirts. Some also said their shirts were confiscated.

      Media outlets report that Bridges issued a statement Friday evening saying many of the actions taken by the school were inappropriate.

      Thompson's mother says his suspension was lifted Friday and he returned to the classroom Monday.