High school marching band spells out racist word during football game

Members of a Georgia high school band used letters on their instruments to spell out a racial slur

Members of a Georgia high school band used letters on their instruments to spell out a racial slur

'We are a very inclusive community and we care about all of our students.

The students used instrument covers to spell out the word "c**n" at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, Friday night, sparking an investigation by officials. 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 school, Brookwood High of Snellville, Gwinett County, has a football team, as many others do. "The mascot is a horse, it's a bronco, and the "B" and the "R" were nowhere near".

"For those of you who have attended our games, you may have noticed that the sousaphones (a brass instrument similar to a tuba) wear covers in the stands to show school spirit".

One mother, Shawn Myers, said she was appalled and "will not stop" until the culprits are expelled. "The covers spell out BRONCOS and some of them feature our Bronco mascot". Haven't heard it in years, it's to belittle black people, it's an insult.

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Photos of the incident were posted on social media and subsequently found by the school's administration whereupon the principle, Bo Ford, sent home a letter to parents explaining what happened.

Principal Ford called the term "hurtful, disrespectful and disappointing". "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. He says the band director wasn't on the field with performers that night so rules weren't followed.

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

Halftime procedures are being reviewed and the school could not comment on any potential punishments for staff members, the AJC reported.

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