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MDE Issues Statement on Forest Hill Band Performance


For Immediate Release: October 6, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. –The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) issued the following statement concerning the Forest Hill High School’s band performance:

“The MDE has received numerous complaints about the band performance by Forest Hill High School. We are closely monitoring the situation. The content of this band performance is not indicative of the high caliber of high school band performances that occur across the state nor was it reflective of the high quality of student guidance by our educators.

This performance was in poor taste and insensitive, and we expect better of our teachers and school leaders who are responsible for guiding students appropriately.

This is a school district matter that is currently being addressed by the district’s leadership, and we are pleased to see that they are taking immediate personnel action.”


Media Contact: 

Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications

Jean Cook, APR
Communications Specialist