Houston ISD board votes to change four schools' mascots perceived as insensitive

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education voted 7-0 with one abstention.

"We realize especially after the December meeting that this is an issue which brings out deep emotions on both sides," Chief School Support Officer Drew Houlihan said in a prepared statements. "While traditions are important, they do not trump kindness and respect. We owe that both to the students at these schools and to the community at large."

For several weeks now, the HISD Board of Trustees has been considering the controversial ban on the use of offensive Indian mascots. The updated policy changes officially puts an end to the use of popular nicknames, cultural images and references being used at several campuses.

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