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HUDSON, Wis. -- The Hudson School District has issued an apology for showing a politically slanted video to all middle school students last week.

The 2009 video, billed as “Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher’s I Pledge Video,” was shown to students as part of “Peace One Day.” The event is designed to motivate students to make a difference in their world, be it locally, nationally or globally.

Toward the end of the more than four-minute video, celebrities make known their strong support for Democratic President Barack Obama.

Initially those in the film pledged their support for many social issues, including the environment, preventing illness and stopping hunger. But at several points near the end of the video, participants sent strong political messages in support of Obama. Anthony Kiedis, singer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, said, “I pledge to be of service to Barrack Obama.” Moore said she pledged “to be a ‘servant’ to our president.” Another participant wore an “Obama” shirt.

The district posted an apology letter after receiving complaints from parents. In the letter, middle school Principal Dan Koch said in part, “The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people.”

The letter also says that the district is nonpartisan and that it would not use the video again.