A Virginia high school's Black History Month event left some parents furious at what they saw as a clear anti-police message.
The event, called "Black Lives Matter," was held at Orange County High School last week. The program listed skits like, “I Can’t Breathe,” “Does my Black Life Matter?” and “They Don’t Really Care About Us.”
One couple spoke out this morning on "Fox and Friends" because their eight-year-old daughter was part of the show.
They were only informed that their daughter would be part of a "Motown Medley," but said the true theme of the performance was not disclosed ahead of time.
Students wore black t-shirts with "I Can't Breathe" written on the front, a reference to the last words of Eric Garner, an unarmed man who died in a confrontation with an NYPD officer last summer.
On a pro-police Facebook page, a police officer and father shared what his wife experienced at the show, including students reciting "last words" to the audience.
One said, “I’m from Ferguson Missouri…. I was told to put my hands up. I did, and I was shot 7 times. My name is Michael Brown.”
The Justice Department, however, has recently concluded that witness accounts of Brown having his hands up when he was shot were "not credible."
The girl's mother told Elisabeth Hasselbeck this morning that she immediately felt uneasy when she walked into the auditorium, and contacted her police officer husband to let him know what was going on.
Rebecca said she received no notice about the content of the show, only that the elementary school choir would sing some "Motown" songs.
After the show, Charles said he had to take questions from his young daughter about "why cops shoot black people," why cops "shoot good people" and whether he is a "bad cop."
"It really took me off guard. We had to have a discussion with our daughter in great detail about current events that we should have never had to have," he said.
Charles also took issue with the response of superintendent Brenda Tanner, who defended the students.
“I support the young people. They didn't show anger, they didn't show defiance. They were presenting information in a way that they were trying to deal with issues. And they kept a recurring theme throughout the night was our lives matter,” she said in a statement.
Charles said he recognizes that the high school students worked hard on the show, but that it was not appropriate for his daughter and other elementary schoolchildren to be exposed to that subject matter.
"Knowing that it was going to be controversial material, we should have been notified as parents and we were not. There has been no apology, there has been no 'this will not happen again.' That needs to be done," he said.
Watch the full interview above.
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