Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

US High School Marching Band Spells Racial Slur in Halftime Performance

Georgia high school marching band spells out racial slur, parents demand expulsion High school marching band causes outrage by spelling racial slur
Guillermo Jimenez | 07 November, 2018, 17:01

In a letter to students, parents and the community Brookwood Principal William Bo Ford Jr. apologized for the "completely unacceptable, racial term". The marching band took to the field and performed their show, but sometime during the performance, letters affixed to the top of the sousaphones spelled out the word "c-n", a racial slur for black people, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The incident occurred in the middle of a game between Gwinnett County's Brookwood High and Dekalb County's Lakeside High when a few members of the Brookwood band assembled themselves to spell out the word "coon" with their instrument covers.

The Associated Press said it happened during a half-time show.

They displayed the slur for several minutes, leaving parents distressed and furious.

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Although Ford did not indicate whether any action will be taken against any school officials, he did state that halftime procedures would be reviewed and that disciplinary action would be taken against offending band members.

Principal Bo Ford wrote a letter calling the incident "hurtful, disrespectful and disappointing", reports CBS WGCL-TV.

Some parents who were at the game said they were outraged by what they saw - and called for the students involved to be expelled.

The sousaphone is a large horn instrument that wraps around the player.

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"With that in mind, when the sousaphone players took the field, they did not follow band rules and normal practice, and instead, they left the covers on their instruments", Ford said.

Band members typically don't wear the covers on the field, however, because they muffle the sound from their instrument.

"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.

She added: "It isn't a raccoon". "The mascot is a horse, it's a Bronco, and the "B" and the "R" were nowhere near".

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