Georgia school probes racist slur displayed by marching band

Brenda Watkins
November 7, 2018

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.

"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", Principal William Ford Jr. wrote in the letter to parents.

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". The band uses covers over the horn's mouth when sitting in the stands, but the covers should have been removed during the halftime performance, Ford said.

"It isn't a raccoon", parent Shawn Myers said, according to Fox 5.

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He said the group of students will be disciplined.

Ford said three of the students, each seniors, planned and executed the incident while a fourth student, a junior, apparently went along with the incident "at the last minute".

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

"Not only was the appearance of this term during our halftime show hurtful and disrespectful to audience members, but it also was disappointing, as it does not reflect the standards and beliefs of our school and community", the administrator added. Once band members took to the field, jaws dropped as band members assembled themselves in such a fashion that they spelled out the slur "c**n". "I don't even know if this is a black-white issue, because my understanding is a couple of them were not white, so they just did something that was wrong, and they need to be held accountable".

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