Hudson School District apologizes for 'I Pledge' video - KMSP-TV

Hudson school district apologizes for video with 'political slant' at Peace One Day event

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HUDSON, Wis. (KMSP) -

The Hudson School District has issued an apology for using an "I Pledge" YouTube video, featuring Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, at the middle school's Peace One Day event on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The school district said messages about serving President Obama may have been offensive to some students, families and staff.

Read the school's full statement at http://bit.ly/19CYQ0p

In the video, Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis says, "I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama," and Demi Moore finishes by saying, "I pledge to be a servant to our president."

You can watch the video at http://youtu.be/51kAw4OTlA0

Middle School Principal Dan Koch made the following announcement to students Thursday afternoon:

"The ‘I Pledge' video we viewed yesterday included some messages about serving President Barack Obama. We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff. The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people. 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. I sincerely hope that as participants in Wednesday's event what you took away from the experience was to choose to make a difference in your world."

Peace One Day was started by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley in 1999. The stated purpose of the day is to hold "an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known."

"The reason the video was used was to show students small ways to make a difference in their communities," the district wrote in its apology. "Unfortunately, the video also had a political slant. The district is non-partisan and does not endorse the political messages found in this video. This video will not be used in the district again."

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