Parents demand end to harassment of Hilton marching band

Updated: October 08, 2019 11:09 PM
Created: October 08, 2019 10:25 PM

HILTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — Parents of students in Hilton High School's Crimson Cadets Marching Band aren't happy.

As the Hilton marching band left the field last Friday night after performing for homecoming, students threw garbage and rocks at them. Members also heard homophobic slurs.


At a meeting Tuesday, parents expressed their outrage. While they this isn't this first year this has happened, they want it to be the last. 

"My daughter has been in this for three years," said Hilton mother Nicole Woolley. "This is her third homecoming that she's had stuff thrown at her, [but] this is the first homecoming that there [were] rocks actually thrown at our kids."

"It's not a pleasant experience for our kids," she said. "They actually dread it."

"We do take the safety of our staff and students seriously," said Hilton Superintendent Dr. Casey Kosiorek. "We're investigating and if consequences are warranted, they will be assigned."

Kosiorek says this is the first time he's heard of things being thrown at students.

The district plans to increase security, supervisors, and add chaperones to escort the band on and off the field going forward. 

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