A halftime skit by a high school marching band that depicted police officers being held at gunpoint has led to a Mississippi school district apologizing and the band director’s suspension, CNN reports.
The Forest Hill High School band from Jackson performed at a football game on Friday, six days after two cops were killed in a shootout.
“We continue to gather and process information regarding the Forest Hill High School band performance,” Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene told WAPT. “We remain committed to a full and expeditious investigation and taking appropriate action.”
A former student from Brookhaven High School, which played against Forest Hill High’s team at the game, told CNN affiliate WLBT that the incident was insensitive.
“I was shocked by the halftime performance just because of everything that our community is going through,” she said. “No disrespect to Forest Hill, when they decided to do a performance, they should’ve took that into consideration that we were already going through a lot at this time. We are still trying to figure out what needs to be done about the situation.”
A school official offered “deep and sincere apologies” over the skit that saw students dressed as medical staff pointing a fake AR-15-style gun at students dressed as SWAT team members, per CNN.
Brookhaven High School filed a complaint with the Mississippi High School Activities Association and said that they support for local law enforcement.
On Sept. 29, Cpl. Zach Moak and Patrolman James White responded to call about a shooting when they were shot and killed.
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