MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - An on again-off again concert fundraiser at a school in Marshall County is back on after several months of controversy.
"I think the lesson these kids have learned has been tremendous, I mean it’s something that they’re going to carry with them for the rest of their lives, said Casey Templeton, Parent of FBLA student
Casey Templeton is the parent of one of the kids in Asbury's FBLA program. He says the kids were disappointed that the superintendent decided to pull the Reach and Teach curriculum from the school and move forward with plans for a new band instead of the Velcro Pygmies.
The decision was made after some parents expressed concerns over the graphic nature of some of the band’s online performances and social media posts.
Templeton doesn’t have a problem with the band and says he’s working with the kids to make sure the show goes on at a different venue and money raised will still go towards a planned trip for the club.
“We’re still doing the same thing, we’re just not doing it affiliated with the school. We’re just doing it on our own.,” said Templeton.
In this statement, Marshall County Superintendent Cindy Wigley says quote:
Templeton says he’s working with other parents to chaperone the event. And he’s reached out to the Albertville Police Department to provide security. He also says the band was more than happy to rework their schedule to make the event happen.
“I’ve talked to Kam and the band so much over the past few months. And you’ll never meet a better group of guys than what they are. I can guarantee you that,” said Templeton.
Templeton says he’s proud of the kids' determination and hard work and looks forward to the show, with a few additions.
“Pictures with Santa. We’re going to try to do some type of toy drive or can food drive or something since it’s so close to Christmas,” said Templeton.
The new date for the concert is December 20 at the Majestic Venue in Albertville.