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Georgia Marching Band Displays Racial Slur During Performance

Georgia Marching Band Displays Racial Slur During Performance

Members of the marching band at Georgia's Brookwood High School are in trouble for spelling out a racial slur during a halftime performance, The Hill reports.

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.

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.

Parents told Atlanta's WAGA-TV that they were appalled by the racist display on Friday.

"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.

Ford apologized Saturday in a letter to parents and the community.

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But school authorities say that the students with the letters on their tubas did not follow protocol by leaving the letter covers over their instruments' wide opening, also known as the bell.

The band members normally use the covers to spell the word Broncos, the name of the school's mascot - but stood in a different order on goal as part of a senior prank.

As a result of the slur, the school's halftime procedures are being investigated, with pending disciplinary action against the sousaphone players who participated.

"Haven't heard it in years, it's to belittle black people, it's an insult", Myers said of the term. 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'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 want them expelled".