Published: Wed, November 07, 2018

High school marching band spells out racist word during football game

High school marching band spells out racist word during football game

A Georgia high school's Friday night football game caught the nation's attention - not for awesome athletic feats, but rather for members of the marching band spelling out a racial slur on the field at halftime.

"We are concerned that this situation occurred and are committed to taking steps to ensure this does not happen again", Brookwood High School principal WIlliam Ford said in a letter. After extensive interviews with many students, we have determined that three seniors intentionally planned and executed the use of the sousaphone covers to spell out a completely unacceptable, racist term.

Ford apologized Saturday in a letter to parents and the community. "All six of these students will receive discipline consequences commensurate with their involvement in this incident". "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", the principal wrote. During the halftime show, band members took to the field, and members of the sousaphone section made a decision to play a senior prank.

Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County, Georgia is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The large horn section has instrument covers that are used to spell out the school's team and mascot known as the Broncos.


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. "It's to belittle black people; it's an insult", she said.

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. "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.

Myers said her son is uncomfortable going back to school, so she wants the students behind this to take ownership of their actions. I will not stop until these students are expelled.

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