Officials react to Forest Hill band performance

Pictures of the Forest Hill High School bands halftime performance during their game against Brookhaven High School have gone viral.

City and state officials are condemning the high school band for their halftime performance.

The pictures of the performance show the band from Forest Hill High School depicted students dressed as doctors and nurses pointing toy guns at SWAT team.

What is so outrageous is the performance was held at the high school in Brookhaven where two police officers were killed in the line of duty on Sept. 29 when they were responding to a call of shots fired.

Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene released a statement on Saturday.

"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.

Brookhaven Mayor Joe Cox said he has since spoke with the Mayor of Jackson, who informed him that the Forest Hill band director has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

Governor Phil Bryant went on Twitter to say someone should be held accountable. I agree.

A statement from the Brookhaven School District was released on Facebook.

It read, “The Brookhaven School District fully supports our local law enforcement. The halftime show performed by the visiting band during last night’s game was an unfortunate issue that our district had no prior knowledge of and does not condone. Our main focus remains, as always, on the safety of our students and the student-athletes performing on our fields. We appreciate our community’s support as we continue working to ensure a positive environment of sportsmanship for our student-athletes and those visiting Brookhaven.”

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Brittany Jennings


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