Leadership reacts to controversial Forest Hill High band performance in Brookhaven


The Jackson Public School District apologized after a controversial halftime performance in Brookhaven Friday night.

Video showed band members holding toy guns at pointing them at pretend police officers. The performance took place right after two Brookhaven officers were killed in the line of duty.

District leaders say the band was recreating a scene from the movie “John Q”. We asked Mayor Chokwe Lumumba about his reaction.

“My statement, probably reflects what my sentiments are, I deeply regret the offense that was that was levied on the citizens of Brookhaven, I do not feel that there was malice intent of our students Ithink we are judged by not what we are set out to do, but what we actually do, and in that vein I think that adults failed the children.”

JPS Superintendent Dr. Errick Greene released a statement saying:

 “While schools are closed today for Fall Break, we are continuing to gather and process information regarding the Forest Hill High School band performance and we will provide an update Tuesday, October 9th. We remain committed to a full and expeditious investigation and taking appropriate action.

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