Ge­or­gia school: Stu­dents planned slur at half­time show as joke

Rome News-Tribune - - POLICE -

SNEL­LVILLE — The prin­ci­pal of a Ge­or­gia high school where mem­bers of a march­ing band spelled out a racist slur with their in­stru­ment cov­ers dur­ing a half­time show says the four stu­dents planned it as a "joke."

WSB-TV re­ports that Prin­ci­pal Bo Ford of Brook­wood High School says in a let­ter to par­ents that three se­niors planned the stunt. A fourth stu­dent went along at the last minute.

Ford says two of the stu­dents are African-Amer­i­can, one is Asian and one is His­panic. He says they knew the slur was "not ac­cept­able."

The stu­dents will be dis­ci­plined.

Nor­mally the band uses the in­stru­ment cov­ers to spell out the mas­cot Bron­cos. But last Fri­day the four stu­dents in­stead spelled a slur in­sult­ing black peo­ple. Ford apol­o­gized Satur­day in a let­ter to par­ents and the com­mu­nity.

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