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Teton High School to drop Redskins mascot

Published On: Jun 11 2013 10:00:45 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 11 2013 07:12:41 PM CDT
DRIGGS, Idaho -

To "reinforce the importance of respect for others", the Teton School Board in Driggs has directed Teton High School administration to change its school mascot, the Redskins.

Superintendent Monte Woolstenhume said other reasons for the change included honoring the Native American community in Idaho and the nation and empowering students to recognize others for their character, not the color of their skin.

The board also determined that the community's flagship school should represent the community and student athletes in a positive and respectful manner.

Teton High School administration will work with students, staff, parents, alumni and the community beginning this fall to recommend a new mascot for the school.  

The board said it wanted a mascot that can be displayed with pride throughout the high school and at other schools in its athletic conference without creating controversy for its potential offensiveness or appropriateness.