Brenda May, Barbara Mitchell, Toccara May, Deputy William Durr, Jordan Blackwell, Austin Edwards, Ferral Burage, Sheila Burage
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Jackson Public Schools officials are apologizing for "insensitive" halftime performance in Brookhaven by the Forest Hill High School band depicting guns being held on police.


The show has ignited an emotional response from the city where two police officers were killed. Phil Bryant condemned the performance, tweeting "This is unacceptable in a civilized society." Someones should be accountable. "

Photos of the show were circulated heavily on social media late Friday night.

JPS Superintendent Errick Greene said the scene was a loose reenactment of the movie "John Q. "

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" JPS has a great deal of respect and appreciation for our law enforcement partners. " The Brookhaven community, "JPS said in a statement.

Patrolman James White, 35, and Cpl. Zach Moak, 31, were killed on Sept.

Moak's and White's call numbers were painted on.

Funerals for the men were held on Wednesday and Thursday the field at BHS in memory of their fatal shootings, which took place last Saturday morning. Theirs are not the first memorial numbers that have been painted on that field.

In 2017, BHS player Jordan Blackwell was killed in a shooting spree that left Deputy William Durr dead. Blackwell's No. 18 has been posing on the field and on t-shirts in the stadium since that time.

Friday night's game was the sixth game of the high school's football season.

Greene said some "initial actions" have been taken.

A spokeswoman for Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said the high school band director has been sent a report on the investigation.

"While I do not believe that there is a malice intent on behalf of "Lumumba said in a statement." It is The responsibility of adults to offer guidance to youth.

JPS Board President Jeanne Middleton Hairston told the Clarion Ledger she was aware of the performance but could not comment "at this time." [19459045

Forrest Hill was uninvited to a band competition at the Copiah Academy on Saturday.

"Parents and students have talked to BHS administration." and Forrest Hill has been uninvited to compete at CA today, "the Brookhaven Band Boosters posted on their official Facebook page. "Coming from me – Please as humans, let us remember that while this is a horrible situation, they are working hard on their show show the students compassion, and I personally pray that they will all learn something from this situation. "

On social media, people expressed their outrage at Forrest Hill's halftime show. Not only were Brookhaven residents incensed but law enforcement as well. Several legislators are voiced their anger.

"I want to make a complaint to the Mississippi High School Activities Association as well as Forest Hill and JPS administration ? " Sally Doty, R-Brookhaven.

Mississippi Department of Education has been notified & will be launching an investigation into this, said Rep. Tom Miles, D-Forest.

MDE spokeswoman Jean Cook said the agency is "closely monitoring

In a statement Saturday evening, department officials called the performance in "poor taste and insensitivity" but said the show was a school district matter.

Commissioner Marsh all Fisher said the Mississippi Department of Public Safety is "extremely disturbed by Forest Hill's leadership approving and authorizing their tape to re-enact violence against law enforcement at a high school football game in Brookhaven. Brookhaven Police officers to be senseless in violence.

"There is no excuse for such a distasteful performance. This only exacerbates was against law enforcement in our nation, "Fisher continued." Mimicking acts of violence against law enforcement, or members of the public should never be condoned at a high school football game or any function whatsoever. The Governor's School Safety Taskforce is currently working to reduce school violence which is at an all-time high.

In addition to Moak and White, Trooper Josh Smith was killed in Alcorn County Sept. 30. If his death is shown to be in the line of duty, they will have the bloodiest 24 hours for police officers in Mississippi's history.


Annie Costabile has a look behind the scenes at the Brookhaven Panthers as they prepare for a quarterfinal matchup against Laurel. The team has dedicated the 2017 season to Jordan Blackwell and Friday night.
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