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JPS Issues Apology for Insensitive Forest Hill High School Band Performance

October 6, 2018

On behalf of the Jackson Public School District (JPS), I want to offer my deep and sincere apologies for the performance by the Forest Hill High School band during Friday’s football half-time show in Brookhaven.  Based loosely on the movie, “John Q,” the band’s performance depicted a hostage scene that included toy guns.

JPS has a great deal of respect and appreciation for our law enforcement partners.  The band’s performance does not depict the values and people in our community, and was incredibly insensitive to the students, families, law enforcement officials and the entire Brookhaven community.  For this we sincerely apologize to all, and we pledge to do better in the future. 

We have taken some initial actions in response to this matter, and you have my commitment that we will investigate it fully and take additional appropriate action with respect to procedures and personnel.

Dr. Errick L. Greene,
Jackson Public Schools

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