Charles Grissom, Paris High School's band director, said his intention was to have a historical performance featuring the flags and music of the nations that fought during World War II.
The show, titled "Visions of World War II," nearly caused a melee at Friday night's football game at Dallas' Hillcrest High School.
"We were booed," Grissom said Monday. "We had things thrown at us. We were cursed."
Paris' assistant coaches were even targeted as they made their way through the bleachers to a press box after halftime.
"The assistant coaches ... got blasted, cursed," said Brent Southworth, Paris' head football coach.
Grissom said he never intended to offend anyone, and he apologized repeatedly.
"We had an error in judgment," Grissom told The Dallas Morning News in an interview published Tuesday. "Our intent was never to cause any harm."
The show was performed in Paris, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas, a week earlier after the homecoming game against Athens.
The band, which began working on the show in August, planned to perform it at the University Interscholastic League contest Oct. 15.
The show also includes the flags and music of France, Britain, Japan and the United States. The flags were raised in intervals that corresponded with the music of the nations. An announcement over loudspeakers before the performance explained the school was trying to do a "historical, accurate depiction of the event."
Mark Briskman, regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, said his organization received many calls and e-mails expressing shock "that in 2003, this type of insensitivity would occur."
"This can serve as an educational tool that there are certain tools and certain symbols that still carry ... an amount of hurt," Briskman said. "It was a mistake, and they've apologized for it, and we basically accept their apology."
Copyright © 2003, The Associated Press
This was, well just not too smart IMO...