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Paw Paw mascot change to be proposed at March 9 meeting

Posted at 12:31 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 12:31:06-05

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — The leader of a school district in southwestern Michigan will recommend that the Redskins nickname be dropped at a meeting next week.

Paw Paw Superintendent Rick Reo said he will take the message to the school board on March 9. Reo says the nickname is an obstacle to welcoming all students.

Reo joined the district in 2018, first as high school principal and now superintendent. The Paw Paw board voted in 2017 to keep the nickname and mascot.

The American Civil Liberties Union last year asked the U.S. Education Department to investigate a “racially hostile environment” for Native American students at Paw Paw's high school.