Several marching band members with Georgia's Brookwood High School are facing the music this week after they chose to use instrument covers to spell out a racial slur during the halftime show at a recent football game.
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. "However, they acknowledged that they knew this racist term was not acceptable".
"I am hurt and disappointed in these students and their actions that have stunned our community", Ford wrote.More news: Bill Gates just gave the keynote at a toilet expo
The AJC posted the letter it received from a parent. "All six of these students will receive discipline consequences commensurate with their involvement in this incident".
Band members typically don't wear the covers on the field, however, because they muffle the sound from their instrument.
In the letter, Principal Ford explained that some of the instruments have covers that spell out the name of the school's mascot, "Broncos".
"Haven't heard it in years, it's to belittle black people, it's an insult", Myers said of the term.More news: UK business figures call for vote on Brexit terms
In the apology, Ford said, the event is under investigation there will be "disciplinary action with the students involved." . "It's just like saying the N-word, but this is worse because it's coming from students at a public high school".
He said the activity on the field was "very busy" and that "several personnel challenges" during the senior night activities resulted in the band's director not being on the field during the performance.
Some parents told Fox 5 they wanted to see the students who were responsible expelled.More news: Venezuela seeks to repatriate $550 million of gold from Britain