Drumline drama at Varina H.S.

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – There was drama Friday night at the Varina High School football playoff game. But it wasn't on the field - it was who wasn't allowed on the sidelines!

Varina's drumline was banned from playing tonight, and the reason "why" is angering students and parents. The student's are upset because two members of the drumline got into a fight, but now the "entire" drumline is being punished. They told me they believe they're not just being banned because of what they did but because of the color of their skin.

Varina High School Principal, Tracie Omohundro, made the decision to ban part of the band from playing.

"On Tuesday, the drumline confronted a person about being late and then two students got into it verbally and one of them hit the other student and the other student hit him back and the one that lost the altercation called the police," said drumline member, Chenaniah Manson.

Drumline members are mad and claim they're being punished for this incident. Members say they believe they know the real reason behind the school's disciplinary action.

"People think it's because of discrimination," said drumline member, Daniel Adams. "Because we have a Caucasian principal and the whole drumline is African."

"I definitely feel like they are being discriminated against," said parent, Edmond Logan Senior. "These are guys, juniors, mostly juniors in high school that have college aspirations. They're trying to finish high school and go on to college to better their lives.

While it's too late for them to play for Friday night's game these students want reasons for the principal's decision. Our requests for an interview with the school principal and band director were denied.

A school spokesperson called the discrimination accusations ridiculous and said the principal is disciplining the students for this incident and others that have happened in the past few months.

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