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Halftime Show At High School Football Game Featured Cops Held At Gunpoint

It was called "deplorable."

October 09, 2018 - 11:58 am

(WWJ) Football fans and community members are still trying to untangle a halftime performance at a high school football game in Jackson, Mississippi that featured a skit with police held a gunpoint. 

The band director was suspended for the performance that featured teens dressed in hospital scrubs and pointing toy automatic weapons at other members of the band who were dressed in SWAT gear.

Walter Armstrong, president of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police, called the skit "deplorable, disgusting, and outrageous."

What point was the band trying to make? No one seems to know.

Jackson School's superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene apologized on behalf of the school after a public outcry, saying the performance was based loosly on the movie "John Q." The 2002 movie stars Denzel Washington as a father holding staff at a hospital hostage to get a heart transplant for his dying son. The broader meaning for a football game was unknown.

"(Jackson Public School) has a great deal of respect and appreciation for our law enforcement partners.  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.  For this we sincerely apologize to all, and we pledge to do better in the future."

The superintendent added the district "took some initial actions in response to this matter, and you have my commitment that we will investigate it fully and take additional appropriate action with respect to procedures and personnel."