Pa. district drops Native American mascot, sort of

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) — A school system in suburban Philadelphia says its costumed Native American mascot will no longer appear at campus events.

However, Radnor school officials say the district will still be known as the Red Raiders. A spokesman says they’ll continue to use related logos and keep images painted on school facilities.

Some students and parents have urged a change because they say the nickname is offensive.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ), the school board voted earlier this week to retire only the mascot costume, which includes a full feathered headdress.

Board member Pattie Booker says there is strong community support to keep the name.

But parent Rick Eckstein says if the affluent district wants to be known as “Raiders,” perhaps they should be “Corporate Raiders.”


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,

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