Comedy show by Grosse Pointe South students causes outrage

An off-campus comedy show by Grosse Pointe South students have many in the community upset.

The show, called "Second Suburb" was performed at the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts which students rented out for the show, inspired by Second City. 

Numerous accounts from those in attendance who contacted FOX 2 say that racist, anti-gay remarks were made. Spectators also said the performance targeted students with special needs.

During the performance, the Muslim principal Moussa J. Hamka was allegedly singled out and called a terrorist. 

Hamka met with the students earlier this week and wrote in a letter to parents and students that the cast took responsibility for the program.

"I am a firm believer that we should measure a person's character by their actions under times of crisis and certainly the character of these young adults is evident as they are taking responsibility for their actions."

The cast issued a public apology after meeting with school leadership, which was included in the letter.

"We regret any action perceived as racist, homophobic or generally discriminatory that occurred last Friday. It has come to our attention that many in the community feel that our goal was to personally attack many of the students and staff members in the Grosse Pointe Public School System. This was not our intention. Changes will be made in future shows to prevent similar circumstances."

-The Second Suburb Cast

To read the rest of Hamka's response, http://gpschools.schoolwires.net/Domain/2805 and to read student backlash against the program, see the school's news website The Tower: http://www.thetowerpulse.net/?p=20810

FOX 2's Ron Savage will have more on this story at 10 p.m.

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