Members of a marching band in Texas could be suspended over a fruit basket that school administrators say was racist.
According to Fox 8 in Houston, TX, the tradition for members of the Atascocita High School band is to exchange gifts with members of the rival bands on the field before varsity football games. The gifts are meant to promote good sportsmanship.
Friday’s gift, presented by seven members of the Atascocita band to Summer Creek High School band members, was a decorated bucket for Halloween, along with candy, a small watermelon, coconut, pineapple and watermelon gum.
Atascocita band members say they never thought the gift would be considered racist and that they did not mean any harm by the gift, but, according to a parent, his daughter has already been suspended from all band activities for the rest of the school year.
(h/t Fox 8)