Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: Jemon Haskins
Lynchburg, VA - They were the first black music group to win an Academy Award for 'Best Song' and the first hip-hop group to perform at the ceremony.
Three 6 Mafia was invited to perform at Longwood University's annual Oktoberfest, but the group was recently un-invited after incidents of violence against Longwood students made people consider what kind of crowd the band my draw.
"I would say it was a pretty stereotypical thing to do," said senior Ryan Young.
Young says the school is overreacting.
"A little over the top. They didn't need to do that. Just extra security," Young said.
Student Body President Benjamin Brittain says the decision was made after students were violently attacked on and off campus this fall.
"It was a collective decision that was brought forth by the students," Brittain said.
"We kept hearing that there were a lot of people that wouldn't be attending the concert because they were scared," Mortar Board President Jennifer Maynard said.
"It's not necessarily the group we were concerned about. It's the following that they have," Brittain said.
The Oktoberfest concert will be outside and free to the public, meaning crowd control will be more difficult to manage.
"This is for students to have a good time and not be worried about their safety," Vice President of Student Affairs Tim Pierson said.
Students we spoke to have differing opinions.
"We understand that the administration is looking out for the safety," senior Joe Brown said.
"I'm either way about the whole thing," sophomore Darian Cotman said.
"I thought it was kind of ridiculous. I didn't see that it was a problem," freshman Mai Vo said.
The school is taking a big loss by canceling this concert.
"$15,600 is in a lot of ways chump change when you compare it to the price of the safety of students," Brittain said.
R&B singer Jeremih will fill the opening. The change will cost the school more than $25,000.
The Vice President of Student affairs says the recent violence on campus resembles gang activity, but that is not for certain.
Oktoberfest is scheduled for October 2nd. Other performers will include: Parachute, Girlz Girlz Girlz, Howie Day and others.