Crowd hurls rocks, epithets at school band

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.

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