There aren’t that many positive news stories that come out of high schools today. Encouraging news is suppressed, replaced by the outlandish to grab the attention of busy people going through life. While young sports enthusiast often travel weekends to compete in athletic competitions, music lovers do the same if they are part of a marching band. The leader of each band is known as a drum major, usually held by a senior. These events are held on Friday and Saturday nights and occasionally on Saturday afternoon after football season. Judging has evolved over time as music and presentation is now open to a creative frenzy with props, running and unusual formations. This lowering the bar from merely sound quality has caused some choreographers to go off the deep end.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things, Philippians 4:8.
According to several news reports, a Mississippi High School Band Director took his band’s halftime show to a new low. Last Saturday in Forest Hill, Mississippi high school band members were given several props. These plastic rifles were used to promote social justice with students holding four boys dressed up as police officers hostage at gun point. This might have been funny if part of some sort of Saturday Night Live skit, but after two Mississippi police officers were recently shot and killed, this display was unacceptable. Forest Hill was playing Brookhaven, the hometown of these dead officers. Immediately following this halftime show, social media was set ablaze, reacting to this insensitive dramatization. As of earlier today, the band director was suspended without pay until the school investigates this matter leaving band members in limbo.
A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left, Ecclesiastes 10:2.
Does anyone think this punishment fits the crime? Were school officials too harsh or not strict enough? If you remember a couple months ago, a high school football coach was fired after kneeling and praying with his team after a game. This act was deemed unforgivable, something that required an immediate dismissal. Perhaps, if this man just waited until the National Anthem and then kneeled, that would have been okay, right? However, the moment you add prayer to kneeling, that’s it. According to public officials, this is the line that you can’t cross. The double standards and hypocrisy that exists today in public education is undeniable. If you take the right stance, liberal or progressive, you might have to go away for a while, but you can keep your job. Anyone who supports the Bible, prayer or Trump, you will be shamed like a band on the run. What do you think about this most recent event?
by Jay Mankus