A high school band in Mississippi was barred from a yearly state competition after it recently depicted holding police officers at gunpoint during a halftime performance.

The state's High School Activities Association reportedly notified the Jackson School District last week of the sanctions against Forest Hill High School.

The sanctions also include prohibiting band members from wearing uniforms and marching at football games for the rest of this season.

Images from the Oct. 5 halftime performance viral after students who appeared to be dressed as doctors pointed toy guns at officers on the ground.


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Superintendent Errick Greene told the Associated Press that his students should not be "any focus of wrongdoing or poor judgment."

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant condemned the act, tweeting that it was "unacceptable in a civilized society."

Greene added that "appropriate actions" were taken against band director Demetri Jones, although he could not give specifics as to what those actions were.

"Unfortunately we do believe there has been a serious lapse in judgment," he said.

The AP also reported that Rep. Becky Currie (R) is calling for a probe by a watchdog committee to see if taxpayer money was used to buy the fake guns used during the performance.


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