A massive controversy erupted in Virginia when the public announcement system at a high school football stadium broadcast a racist song to the entire stands before a football game, leading to an investigation and firm apology from the student responsible.
As reported by Richmond CBS affiliate WTVR, the Glen Allen football PA system broadcast an unspecified racist song to the entire crowd when the Glen Allen football team was warming up before its homecoming game. The song played in its entirety, leading a number of fans in the crowd to complain of how they were offended by the track’s prolific use of the n-word racial epithet. The student who was responsible for programming a soundtrack for the PA system has come forward to accept responsibility and apologize, issuing the statement you see below at a recent school board meeting:
As for the school itself, it has rallied behind the student in question, agreeing that his “honest mistake” should not brand who he is for the remainder of his high school career. Meanwhile, those connected with Glen Allen have instead encouraged onlookers and otherws who have discovered what happened in the incident to consider the school’s homecoming court that night, which included a student with Down syndrome being elected as homecoming king.
“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,” Glen Allen Principal Dr. Gwen Miller told John Marshall Principal Dr. William Royal after the initial incident.