A segment on Thursday morning during the Fox News program “Fox & Friends” featured an all-white panel demanding an “apology” from a school district in Virginia for a Black History Month event about police brutality.
The guests — identified as only as Charles and Rebecca, the parents of an 8-year-old in Virginia’s Orange County Public Schools district — offered an account of the event and its aftermath. Charles was described as a deputy sheriff.
“Everywhere that we looked were students, high school students, wearing shirts that said ‘Black Lives Matter, I Can’t Breathe.'” Rebecca told host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. “As I was flipping through my program, it had ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.'”
“I texted my husband and said, ‘I don’t know about this.'” Rebecca said. “He replied that I should pull our daughter and come home.”
Rebecca said she decided to let her daughter stay at the event, where the girl was scheduled to sing with a choir. But then, she recalled, “Students started coming out on stage saying things like, ‘I’m from Ferguson, Missouri. I was told to put my hands up. I did and I was shot seven times. My name is Michael Brown.'”
“I immediately realized that this was not something that was a good idea for my daughter to be seeing,” she said.
After the program, the child “had some serious questions as to why do cops shoot black people, and why do cops shoot good people,” Charles said. “It took me off guard.”
“We should have been notified as parents, and we were not,” he continued, “There has been no apology. There has been no ‘This will not happen again.’ And that needs to be done.”