Banana Man's Suspension Suspended

By Pat Collins and Matthew Stabley
|  Friday, Sep 23, 2011  |  Updated 6:55 PM EDT
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The suspension of a student who dressed in a banana costume and ran around the football field at halftime has been suspended.

Pat Collins

The suspension of a student who dressed in a banana costume and ran around the football field at halftime has been suspended.

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"Banana Man" Suffers the Fruits of His Actions

A Stafford County high school student is suspended for wearing a banana costume and running around the football field at halftime.
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The final five days of Banana Man Bryan Thompson's 10-day suspension have been suspended.

The 14-year-old, who got in trouble for donning a banana costume and sprinting across the football field during Colonial Forge High School's game last weekend, will return to school Monday and continue to attend class as long as he behaves.

If Colonial Forge's 7:30 p.m. home game isn't rained out, neither Bryan nor Banana Man will attend, but after that, it's time served for Bryan, and retirement for Banana Man.

"I think I'm going to frame it," Bryan said Friday.

"I think I'm going to burn it," said his mother, Tavia Thompson.

The legend will live on, though, immortalized in the "Free Banana Man" T-shirts classmates wore to school in support, the "Free Banana Man" hip-hop song Bryan created during his time off and the fabulous YouTube clip of his halftime show. (Warning: Strong language.)

Bryan's mother appealed the suspension, arguing that her son is autistic.

On Thursday, Bryan said he just wanted to make people happy. Mission accomplished.

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