Councilman: Forest Hill band faces performance ban, after show featuring fake guns – Jackson Clarion Ledger


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A photo of a Jackson Public Schools band shows students wielding fake guns during their halftime show.(Photo: Special to the Clarion Ledger)

The Forest Hill High School band could face a year-long performance ban, folloing its halftime show in Brookhaven depicting guns being held on police.

Todd Kelly with the Mississippi High School Activities Association confirmed that the organization sent a notice to the Jackson Public Schools District outlining possible sanctions.

Kelly would not go into further detail. Band supporters, including Ward 6 Councilman Aaron Banks said the notice outlined a yearlong suspension for the band.    

Kelly said the district will be afforded an appeals process.

District officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Friday.

Forest Hill is located in Banks’ ward and the councilman pushed back against the alleged sanctions in a Facebook post.

“Let’s be clear, the band students of Forest Hill should not be punished due to a bad decision made by a teacher,” he wrote.

Community members held a news conference Friday morning to challenge the suspension.

More: JPS band performance outrages Brookhaven in wake of officer shootings

The controversial halftime performance by the Forest Hill band occurred in Brookhaven just days after two police officers were killed in the line of duty.

Photos of the performance circulated on social media showing two female band members wearing scrubs and one male band member wearing what appears to be a lab coat pointing fake rifles at two students resembling emergency responders on the ground.


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