Washington school board votes to change high school mascot

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PORT TOWNSEND, WA — Students, parents, and alumni packed into Washington’s Port Townsend auditorium Monday night as their school board voted to change the Redskins mascot.

For more than 80 years, the Redskins has been the team name for the school, but some are concerned it is a racial slur and shows a lack of respect for the Native American community.

Students and many alumni stood before the board and said it was a symbol of pride. The overwhelming majority of the crowd were in support of keeping the mascot.

Few dared to speak against it.

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