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Crowd hurls rocks, epithets at school band

Published: Thu, October 14, 2010 @ 1:06 p.m.

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Parade organizers are apologizing to a high school band from York, Pa., after a predominantly white crowd threw rocks at the students and insulted with rude comments and racial epithets.

Officials with the Manheim Farm Show parade told William Penn Senior High marching band members on Wednesday that they’re embarrassed and hope the students will return for next year’s event.

The band consists of white, black and Latino students, while the crowd at last week’s parade was predominantly white.

York City School District spokesman Jonathan Heintzman says people in the crowd hit students with small rocks and sprayed them with soda, made derogatory comments to girls and used racial epithets.

It was the band’s fourth year participating in the Lancaster County parade.


1DOLE2(595 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Blame the teaher's union.

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2PhilMcCrackin(58 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm thinking there is just a tad more to this story than was reported. Seems like the object of the reporting is to still up racial trouble.

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3redvert(2239 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Yea, there are usually three sides to a story like this with the truth being somewhere in between.

Just a guess but I would say that possibly this behavior was due to some earlier happening. Could be wrong.

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4VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I find it very strange that a crowd would act in such an aggressive way towards a marching band. A little more in-depth investigating would have been a plus for this report. As Phil indicated in his post, something just does not add up here.

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5seagull(20 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Teachers' unions? More like racist tea baggers.

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6DAVE(23 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

You have to watch those marching bands. They hang out with a pretty tough crowd. Probably did something like proudly marched down the street and played music. No wonder they stirred up the crowd. Maybe next year, they should let the band march and play but ban the spectators.

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7Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

There is no excuse for such incivility. Disgusting racists, plain and simple. To take their hatred out on kids is even worse.

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8WarrenRicheyKid(169 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

York, Pa., has a history of white supremacist bigotry.

"A York, Pennsylvania, rally, held in January 2002, was just one of a series of events in which the neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) and the white supremacist World Church of the Creator (WCOTC) joined forces. However, fallout from the York rally has resulted in discord between the two groups."


More in depth reporting would have included the city's sad history of racism.

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9leftyompton4life(79 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Yea,throw thnigs as kids who are playing instruments...no reason whatsoever for this. Stay home morons...you're useless to society.

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10BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The story is unbelievable and the comments here are just plain sad.

Firstly, these unabashed bigots hurl rocks and insults at children in a marching band, then racist apologists here actually defend their actions by saying "well, the kids must have done something to deserve it." Unbelievable!

Here is a hypothetical yet serious question. What could a group of children in a marching band do to warrant being hit by rocks, sprayed with soda and have horrid comments hurled at girls who are most likely underage. The answer is nothing.

You people disgust me.

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11mrbluesman(6 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Rare for me to comment here, but, in this case I must. Brothalove, you said it as well as it could be said. I really wonder sometime what has happened to civility and kindness in this country.

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12DOLE2(595 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Maybe they didn't like the tune they were playing......

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13goman71(104 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

its 2010 we have a black president and this kind of crap still happens? this is so ignorant . remind me to never go to york pa!

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