SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The Rev. Jesse Jackson angered parents when he asked high school students who experimented with drugs to join him on stage in a show of anti-drug solidarity, officials said Saturday.
School Supt. Thomas Brown said he was impressed by Jackson's anti-drug message but believed the Democratic presidential candidate "went too far" Wednesday by inviting the West High School students on stage, especially since the event was covered by television.
"Those students were on TV, and their parents and everyone else could see them identified as having taken drugs," Brown said. "Sure, they didn't have to go down there and join him, but he's a powerful speaker, and they could see his point."
Brown said television stations aired footage of Jackson speaking with the students about their drug experiences. He said that although the students "don't appear to be too upset," parents and members of the community believe the students were manipulated.