A Wisconsin school district is apologizing after middle school students were shown a video that featured Hollywood celebrities pledging to be a servant to President Obama.
“I pledge to be a servant to our president,” Demi Moore said in the “I Pledge,” video shown Wednesday at Hudson Middle School.
The video was part of a number of Peace One Day activities, an international event to build peace awareness. The students were also invited to make their own pledges after viewing the video.
But there was a big problem – the video conveyed the idea that Americans should serve the presidency instead of our elected officials serving the citizens, Fox9 News in Minneapolis reported.
“I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama,” Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis said.
Those statements led the middle school and the Hudson School District to issue apologies.
“We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff,” Principal Dan Koch said in a prepared statement. “We respect the Office of the President of the United States but like all of our other elected officials – that office serves each of us as well.”
The principal also made an announcement to students explaining why the video was inappropriate.
Local residents expressed their outrage over the video on social networking websites.
“That is the creepiest and scariest video I have ever seen,” one reader wrote. “They ruined a good message by making it left wing.”
Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten said the video will not be used in the district again.
“Unfortunately, the video also had a political slant,” she said. “The district is non-partisan and does not endorse the political messages found in this video.”
While the school district said showing the video was a mistake, they said the purpose of the event was to raise student awareness and encourage involvement “in taking positive action in their schools and communities.”
“We hope that the use of the video does not overshadow the value of the positive message of this event for our middle school students,” the superintendent said.