A Wisconsin middle school has apologized for using an “I Pledge” YouTube video featuring celebrities pledging their support for President Obama at the school's Peace One Day event on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
The video was produced by Oprah Winfrey’s production company after Obama took office and features stars like Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis.
During the video Kiedis says, “I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama.” Moore adds, “I pledge to be a servant to our president.”
A number of parents were offended by the use of the video and school officials quickly apologized for showing the clip.
“The reason the video was used was to show students small ways to make a difference in their communities,” the Hudson School District said 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.”
Middle School Principal Dan Koch made this announcement to students on 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.”
It’s unclear whose idea it was to show the video to students, The Blaze reported.
The video is below: