During the football half-time performance, members of a high school marching band were depicted holding officers under gunfire.
On Friday night, a group of marching band members of Forest Hill High School were dressed as doctors and nurses, holding SWAT team members at gunpoint, WLBT-TV.
Mayor of Brookhaven, Joe Cox, released a statement calling the performance “inappropriate, irresponsible, and insensitive to say the least.”
Due to the inexcusable halftime performance by the Forest Hill Band at the Brookhaven High School home football game on…
Two Brookhaven police officers were killed in the line of duty a week prior, on September 29, after responding to a call of shots fired.
Cox told the station that the band director was placed on administrative leave.
The report stated that the performance was based loosely on the movie “John Q.”
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After a photo made its rounds on social media of Forest Hill High School band’s halftime show at Brookhaven High School last night, a video clip has now surfaced on Facebook, without audio.
— C.J. LeMaster (@CJLeMaster) October 6, 2018
“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,” Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene said in a statement.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant condemned the half-time performance tweeting, “This is unacceptable in a civilized society. Someone should be held accountable.”
This is unacceptable in a civilized society. Someone should be held accountable. https://t.co/hq3hJnj4xA
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) October 6, 2018
The Brookhaven School District also released a statement claiming they had no prior knowing of the performance:
The Brookhaven School District fully supports our local law enforcement. The halftime show performed by the visiting…
An Army veteran responded to the band’s performance, asking why no one questioned the performance leading up to it.
Graham Allen told Fox News, “They’ve been practicing this routine, so why didn’t anyone say anything? At no point, any student thought, ‘Huh, maybe this isn’t appropriate’ or ‘Wow, this is weird.'”