Update: The Jackson Public Schools superintendent Errick L. Greene has released a statement in response to the Forest Hill High School band performance that depicted nurses and doctors gunning down police officers.
“On behalf of the Jackson Public School (JPS) District, I want to offer my deep and sincere apologies for the performance by the Forest Hill High School band during Friday’s football half-time show in Brookhaven. Based loosely on the movie, “John Q,” the band’s performance depicted a hostage scene that included toy guns.
JPS has a great deal of respect and appreciation for our law enforcement partners. The band’s performance does not depict the values and people in our community, and was incredibly insensitive to the students, families, law enforcement officials and the entire Brookhaven community. For this we sincerely apologize to all, and we pledge to do better in the future.
We have taken some initial actions in response to this matter, and you have my commitment that we will investigate it fully and take additional appropriate action with respect to procedures and personnel.”
A halftime show by the Forest Hill High School band in Mississippi is drawing widespread condemnation after they depicted doctors and nurses gunning down police officers, less than a week after two Brookhaven officers were fatally shot in the line of duty.
Brookhaven police officers James White and Zach Moak were shot and killed by 25-year-old Marquis Flowers in the early morning hours last Saturday after responding to reports of shots fired. Their funerals were held on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
The Forest Hill High School can be contacted by following this link: https://www.jackson.k12.ms.us/ContactForestHill. We never do this. However in this case, we encourage our readers to let them know how despicable this performance was.
It’s also being reported that weapons, including replica guns are banned from campus.
The outrage has just begun and people are beginning to vent their anger on social media, with one person writing, “The band director should be fired immediately. The principal of the school should be suspended along with the idiot students that carried out this travesty.”
In the strongest possible terms, we demand accountability for this vile performance.
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