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Mississippi governor wants staff fired after viral, violent band performance

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JACKSON, Miss. (WPMI) - A band from Jackson, Mississippi, re-enacted a violent scene from a movie during a halftime show earlier this month in nearby Brookhaven, Mississippi.

Now, the governor wants the band instructors fired.

Gov. Phil Bryant spoke out forcefully against those responsible for the controversial performance at Brookhaven High School.

The skit depicted band members dressed as police officers being held at gunpoint. Days before, two Brookhaven Police officers had been murdered.

Bryant says he was frustrated and angry after seeing the Forest Hill Marching Band skit.

The band has been suspended for the remainder of the year.

Jackson Public Schools is appealing the decisions made by the Mississippi High School Activity Association.

Jackson Public Schools has apologized for the skit and put the band director on administrative leave.

Officials say the skit was inspired by Denzel Washington's movie "John Q," in which he plays a father fighting to save his dying son.

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