Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

High school marching band spells out racist slur during halftime show

High school marching band spells out racist slur during halftime show

Audience members were aghast when the racial slur for black people was spelled out in front of them on the field at a game at Brookwood High School in Gwinnett Country, Georgia.

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.

Principal William Ford sent a letter to parents and the community Monday, detailing results of an investigation into the racial slur spelled out by members of the Brookwood High School's marching band during Friday night's halftime show.

The four students who participated in this gesture are expected to be severely disciplined by administrators as they investigate how this could have happened in the first place. Our band does not wear these covers on the field because they shield the sound and because during the halftime show our band members move around the field and do not stand in the same order as they do in the stands.

Myers and several other parents FOX 5 spoke with say they don't know or care if this was a senior prank - it's still hurtful and racist.

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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 mascot is a horse, it's a bronco, and the "B" and the "R" were nowhere near", Myers said. Named after a powerful family of slave owners, its once bucolic nature has been stained by racism from young students using a very old racist slur. "It's just like saying the n-word, but this is worse because it's coming from students at a public high school", said Myers.

"I am hurt and disappointed in these students and their actions that have stunned our community", Ford wrote.

There was an ugly incident at halftime of a Georgia high school game on Friday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

"I want them expelled".

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