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City: Forgive band kids over show with police at gunpoint

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.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2018 4:41 PM

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 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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