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

07 November 2018

Several marching band members with Georgia's Brookwood High School are facing the music this week after they made a decision to use instrument covers to spell out a racial slur during the halftime show at a recent football game.

On Saturday, school principal Bo Ford sent a letter to the community apologizing, calling the term "racial" (but not "racist") and "completely unacceptable".

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.

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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'.

The principal, William Ford, has apologised to parents and promised disciplinary action against the pranksters.

Principal Bo Ford said Monday in a statement that the matter was a prank: "As promised, we started an investigation into this matter, and I wanted to share with you our current findings and the steps we are taking with the students who were involved".

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News outlets report instrument covers normally used by the Brookwood High School marching band to spell the mascot Broncos instead was used Friday to spell a slur insulting black people.

One mother, Shawn Myers, said she was appalled and "will not stop" until the culprits are expelled. "It's just like saying the N-word, but this is worse because it's coming from students at a public high school".

"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", Ford explained.

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Myers said her son is uncomfortable going back to school, so she wants the students behind this to take ownership of their actions.

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