Georgia High School Marching Band Spells Out Racial Slur During Halftime Show

High School Band in Georgia Spells Out Racial Slur During Halftime Performance

High School Band in Georgia Spells Out Racial Slur During Halftime Performance

In a letter to students, parents and the community Brookwood Principal William Bo Ford Jr. apologized for the "completely unacceptable, racial term".

Normally the band uses the instrument covers to spell out the mascot Broncos.

According to the Associated Press via ABC News, instrument covers are used by the marching band's sousaphone players, or players of the upright tuba, to spell out the school's mascot, the Broncos. But four students chose letters to spell out C-O-O-N and displayed the racial slur on the field for all to see.

"The game, an annual 'Senior Night" event, was unusually busy and resulted in the band director not being on the field when the performance started, the principal said.

It occurred over the weekend when Brookwood High School in Snellville played rival Lakeside High in football.

"Haven't heard it in years, it's to belittle black people, it's an insult", she said.

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He added: 'Not only was the appearance of this term during our halftime show disrespectful to audience members, it was also disappointing, as it does not reflect the standards and beliefs of our school and community'.

Ford says the school's halftime procedures now are being reviewed and disciplinary action will be taken against the sousaphone players involved.

Myers, whose son is a freshman in the Brookwood High School band, said he's now uncomfortable returning to school.

"I want them expelled".

Netizens have also spoken out, some joining in Myers' call to have the students expelled.

"In our interviews, the students- two of whom are African American, one of whom is Asian, and one of whom is Hispanic - indicated that this was intended as a joke, one that they thought would be amusing", Ford said. "They do not need to be back in that school until they learn that everyone is there for the same reason - regardless of color - to get an education".

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