Students at a Georgia high school will be disciplined this week after spelling out a racial slur while performing with the school marching band.

Bo Ford, the principal of Brookwood High School in Snellville near Atlanta, sent a letter to parents over the weekend apologizing for the incident, CBS 46 reported Monday. 


Ford said that some of the brass instruments have covers that, when arranged properly, spell out the school’s mascot, Broncos.

The covers are not normally worn on the instruments while the musicians are on the field.

A group of students, however, rearranged the letters to spell out a four-letter racial slur during a halftime performance at a Friday football game.

Ford condemned the use of the "hurtful, disrespectful and disappointing” term.

“We are a very inclusive community and we care about all of our students,” Ford wrote. “We are concerned that this situation occurred and are committed to taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

“In addition to reviewing our halftime procedures, we will also be taking disciplinary actions with the students involved,” he continued.

The band director was not on the field when the performance started because it was also Senior Night, Ford wrote.

Gwinnett County Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she doesn’t anticipate any action against the staff.