Images of students from the Forest Hill (MS) High School marching band's performance during a game against Brookhaven High School depicting the murder of police officers surfaced over the weekend, causing widespread outrage.
According to WLBT-TV, band members dressed as doctors and nurses were seen holding SWAT team members at gunpoint.
The "performance" came just days after two Brookhaven police officers were killed in the line of duty responding to a shots fired call.
Brookhaven Mayor Joe Cox said in a statement on Facebook, "The halftime performance conducted by the Forest Hill Band at our Brookhaven High School home football game last night was inappropriate, irresponsible, and insensitive to say the least. It was a horrific display of disrespect demonstrated toward our local law enforcement, our students and families in attendance of the game, and all citizens of Brookhaven. It is disturbing that the Forest Hill routine has been performed previously with no repercussions to faculty members or administrators, especially given the fact weapons were involved. Even though the weapons were obviously toy guns, it is still a serious violation of school policy. This type of performance is inexcusable under any and all circumstances, especially within the school system, but also in light of our fallen heroes on September 29th who served the Brookhaven Police Department with great honor, Officer Zach Moak and Officer James White."