Flap over 'Redskins' name no issue at Fort Wayne school

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT WAYNE, Ind. The national debate over whether the NFL's Washington Redskins should change their nickname isn't resonating at Fort Wayne North Side High School, which has the same nickname.

Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman Krista Stockman tells The Journal Gazette there's been previous discussion about changing North's team name but not recently.

North High senior Jared Youngs says the mascot is a sign of strength and the school isn't downgrading the Redskins name but instead promoting it.

Indiana High School Athletic Association Sports Information Director Jason Wille says 44 of its 412 members use American Indian names for their sports teams.

President Barack Obama has said team names such as the Redskins offend a sizable group of people and that if he was the team's owner, he might consider changing it.

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