A Georgia high school's Friday night football game caught the nation's attention - not for unbelievable athletic feats, but rather for members of the marching band spelling out a racial slur on the field at halftime.
According to the Associated Press via ABC News, instrument covers are used by the marching band's sousaphone players, or players of the upright tuba, to spell out the school's mascot, the Broncos. But four students chose letters to spell out C-O-O-N and displayed the racial slur on the field for all to see.
WSB-TV reports that Principal Bo Ford of Brookwood High School says in a letter to parents that three seniors planned the stunt.
The four students who participated in this gesture are expected to be severely disciplined by administrators as they investigate how this could have happened in the first place.
One mother, Shawn Myers, said she was appalled and "will not stop" until the culprits are expelled.
Some parents who were at the game said they were outraged by what they saw - and called for the students involved to be expelled.
She told Fox5: 'I haven't heard [the word] in years, it's to belittle black people, it's an insult.
A marching band at a Georgia high school spelled out a racist slur during a halftime show and now the school is reviewing its show procedures. The fourth student, a junior, who carried one of the letters spelling out the word, appears to have gone along with the plan at the last minute.
"I am hurt and disappointed in these students and their actions that have stunned our community", Ford wrote. "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".
Myers, whose son is a freshman in the band, said the pranksters 'do not need to be back in that school until they learn that everyone is there for the same reason - regardless of color - to get an education'.