Texas Marching Band Students Accused Of Sending Racist Fruit Basket
Band members at a Texas high school may be suspended or removed from the marching band over a fruit basket they sent over to a rival school that was seen as racially offensive.
Via 6ABC reports:
Seven band members from Atascocita High School presented their gift to their counterparts in the Summer Creek High School band on the field before a varsity game last Friday.
The fruit basket is meant to encourage good sportsmanship.
Along with candy and a decorated bucket for Halloween was a small watermelon, coconut, pineapple and watermelon gum.
Sister station KTRK spoke to two of the Atascocita band members and their parents on Monday. The students said they never dreamed it would be considered racist.
“We didn’t do anything wrong,” said flutist Carolina Andaverde. “We wouldn’t do that because we know better than that. Our parents raised us better.”
“I’m mixed (race). I don’t take offense to that. How can someone else take offense?” asked senior Alyssa Taylor.
The students have been told their punishment might include being suspended and kicked out of band.
Do you think the gift basket was racially offensive or is the rival school just being too sensitive??