BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — After initially expressing outrage, leaders in one Mississippi city now say high school band students should not be punished for a performance that depicted police officers being held at gunpoint.
The Daily Leader reports the Brookhaven mayor and aldermen are asking the Mississippi High School Activities Association to lift a performance suspension from the band at Jackson's Forest Hill High School.
The adults who were involved with this disaster should be fired immediately. We will not accept a cover-up. https://t.co/yZP2q8Mf6c
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) October 13, 2018
The band did its halftime show, using fake guns, Oct. 5 in Brookhaven — six days after two Brookhaven police officers were shot to death on duty.
The band director, Demetri Jones, says it was a scene from the 2002 movie "John Q," about a man who takes hostages to get medical treatment for his child.
Jones says he will fight the Jackson superintendent's recommendation that he be fired.
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