Marching band skit sparks outrage

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(WLBT) A Jackson, Mississippi high school is under fire for a half-time performance in Brookhaven that featured toy guns and portrayed violence against police officers.

The skit was performed as the Brookhaven community mourns the death of two officers who recently died in the line of duty.

The performance took place Friday night in Brookhaven at a football game between Forest Hill High from Jackson and Brookhaven High.

It featured student dressed as doctors and nurses holding SWAT team members at gunpoint.

According to Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene of the Jackson Public School District, the performance was based loosely on the movie, “John Q.”

In the 2002 movie, a father takes an emergency room hostage when insurance won’t pay for his son’s heart transplant.

The city of Jackson has confirmed that the band director has since been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. 

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