HS Band with Guns Facing Year-long Performance Ban

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JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A central Mississippi high school band whose halftime show mimicked guns being held on police just days after two Brookhaven Police officers were killed in the line of duty may be banned from future performances. The Mississippi High School Activities Association has sent a notice to the Jackson Public Schools District outlining the possible sanctions against Forest Hill High School which reportedly include a one-year suspension for the band. Ward 6 Jackson Councilman Aaron Banks, whose district includes the school said in a Facebook post that band students at the school should not be punished due to a bad decision made by a teacher. The controversy exploded on social media last week after photos circulated showing two female band members wearing scrubs and one male band member wearing what appears to be a lab coat pointing fake rifles at two students resembling emergency responders on the ground. School officials said at the time the performance was meant to depict scenes from the movie “John Q”.

 


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