High school band director suspended for depiction of killing police

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A high school band director from Jackson, Mississippi was suspended after provoking public outrage at Friday night’s halftime show.  

The Forest Hill High School Band is receiving national criticism for their performance at a game with Brookhaven High School, when they pointed guns at students laying on the ground, dressed as law enforcement, just days after two Brookhaven Police officers were shot to death.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant responded Saturday, tweeting “This is unacceptable in a civilized society. Someone should be held accountable.”

Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins said band students are not to blame for their halftime show which received major backlash on social media.

Collins said even though the show was hurtful, it’s still their job as law enforcement to protect the children.

“The Brookhaven community is still grieving the loss of Corporal Zach Moak and Patrolman James White. While the halftime show was very hurtful, we in law enforcement are entrusted to protect everyone at these games or events.”

He went on to say, “it’s not the kids’ fault” and the adults need to take responsibility for the performance displayed at Brookhaven High School Friday night. 

Collins added this is a time where everyone needs to come together to keep the children safe and continue to “hold them up and keep them shining.”

“I want the kids to know that we love them, and they are the future… and I want them to just keep being the awesome kids that they are,” Collins said. 

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