KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Parents from an Oregon high school say their kids were inappropriately grabbed and groped by members a Washington school's marching band.

The Tri-City Herald reports that a letter from the St. Helens Band Patrons Parent Organization describes the behavior of Kennewick High students during a band retreat in Yakima last month. The organization sent the letter to the school district and the state Board of Education, which has forwarded the complaint to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to be reviewed.

Kennewick officials said in a statement that several marching band members admitted to giving congratulatory pats or slaps on the backsides of other participants at the retreat. Some students have been disciplined, although details of the punishment were not released.

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