JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi high school band has been barred from a yearly state competition after members recently depicted holding police officers at gunpoint during a halftime performance.
The state’s High School Activities Association reportedly notified the Jackson School District last week of the sanctions against Forest Hill High School, reported Fox News Insider.
Moreover, the sanctions also include prohibiting band members from wearing uniforms and marching at football games for the rest of this season.
So the band has been banned.
Images from the Oct. 5 halftime performance went viral after students who appeared to be dressed as doctors pointed toy guns at officers on the ground.
Superintendent Errick Greene told the Associated Press that his students should not be “any focus of wrongdoing or poor judgment.”
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant condemned the act, tweeting that it was “unacceptable in a civilized society.”
This is unacceptable in a civilized society. Someone should be held accountable. https://t.co/hq3hJnj4xA
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) October 6, 2018
Greene added that “appropriate actions” were taken against band director Demetri Jones, although he did not disclose the specific actions taken.
“Unfortunately we do believe there has been a serious lapse in judgment,” he said.
The AP also reported that Rep. Becky Currie (R) is calling for a probe by a watchdog committee to see if taxpayer money was used to buy the fake guns used during the performance.
The questionable performance was held at the high school in Brookhaven where two police officers were killed in the line of duty Sept. 29 responding to a call of shots fired.
Corporal Zachary Moak and Patrolman James White lost their life that day, so the actions of the band are more than irresponsible; they are vicious.
- TWO MISSISSIPPI POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN SHOOTOUT
- IN MEMORIAM CORPORAL ZACHARY MOAK AND PATROLMAN JAMES WHITE
- IN MEMORIAM DEPUTY SHERIFF WILLIAM DURR
Furthermore, this comes 16 months after former Brookhaven officer turned Lincoln County Deputy William Durr was killed in a shooting rampage that left seven others dead as well.