Seven band members from Atascocita High School in Humble, Texas, may be suspended for giving an allegedly racist Halloween-themed fruit bucket to the Summer Creek High School band before a football game on Oct. 16 (video below).
"We didn't do anything wrong," band member Carolina Andaverde told ABC 13.
"We weren't being racist towards them," she added. "If they took it that way, we're sorry. We didn't mean any harm."
"I'm mixed [race]," senior Alyssa Taylor said. "And I don't take offense to that. How can someone else take offense to that?"
The Humble Independent School District said in a statement:
It is a tradition for student representatives of competing schools to exchange gifts on the field at varsity football games. On Friday, students from one school presented students from the other school with a watermelon, a pineapple, a coconut, and watermelon gum.
Today, school administrators conducted an investigation and after considering the totality of the circumstances, determined that the gift was inappropriate and lacked good sportsmanship. Atascocita High School will not tolerate racial insensitivity.
Despite the strongly worded statement, the school district has not identified which parts of gift basket were racist, notes the Houston Chronicle.