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Mascot Not Immediately Eradicated

June 15, 2013 State of Idaho, Teton County, Teton Valley No Comments
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Not surprisingly, reaction from the community to Teton School District 401’s proposal to abandon the Redskins mascot has been passionate and mixed.  Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme says for the time being the proposal will be put on hold until the school board next meets July 8th and the public can offer its input.  Woolstenhulme saysin the meantime, no money will be spent to change the mascot, no signage or logos will be removed, money will be budgeted to replace athletic uniforms over a five to eight year period, and the Shoshone-Bannock tribes at Fort Hall Reservation will be contacted to hear their opinions on the matter. Woolstenhulme explains that honoring the Native American community teaches positive social behaviors among the students and is essential to students to learn to recognize others for their character, not the color of their skin. The Redskins mascot has been in place at the school for 103 years.

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