A principal apologized to the community and a student is in big trouble after an unapproved racist parody song blasted on a high school sound system before the school’s Friday night’s homecoming football game.
The song didn’t go unnoticed by the crowd. A Glen Allen High School almuni told a local television station that many were initially shocked when the song started playing, and their shock quickly turned to anger.
“As a parent of a biracial child that goes [to Glen Allen High School] I am disgusted,” one parent wrote on the station’s Facebook page.
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“I find it offensive and I’m white,” another person said. “We don’t need more hate in our society. We need to love one another and not start trouble.”
The song, a parody version based on the 1980’s Disney animated TV show Duck Tales, was played by a student while football players from Glen Allen High School and John Marshall High School in Richmond, Va., warmed up before the game. The song includes profanities, African-American stereotypes, along with racial slurs, including the “n” word. Marshall High School is a predominantly black school.
Songs are normally played during warm-up exercises, but school officials said they are always reviewed and approved. This one wasn’t. Glen Allen principal Gwen Miller said officials are investigating how the song got into the tune mix.
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Miller sent a letter with her “sincerest apologies” to Marshall principal William Royal. She said the song wasn’t reflective of the values promoted within her school.
“We are a diverse and inclusive community and are appalled that the instigator of this event has sent a message contrary to our beliefs and practices,” Miller said.
Henrico County school officials said the student playing the song has been identified and will be punished. The game continued without incident and players shook hands afterward. Visiting John Marshall High School won the game.
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