Goshen temporarily removes Redskins mascot

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
Courtesy: Goshen News

Courtesy: Goshen News

Goshen High School is temporarily removing a statue of its mascot from the gym for graduation this Sunday, to show respect to those who find the "Redskins" mascot offensive.

The school has no intention of changing the mascot, but the wooden statue of a chief that stands in the gym will not be there this weekend.

A petition has been circulating online to reverse that decision. So far, it has about 100 signatures.

The decision to remove the mascot came just days before a federal agency dropped efforts to ban American Indian mascots in Michigan schools.

35 schools, including Dowagiac, were cited in a complaint by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights four months ago. The U.S. Education Department's Office of Civil Rights denied the claim because there was no proof of harm or discrimination.

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