Two high schools in New York are refusing to play an opponent due to its nickname and mascot.
Akron and Lake Shore high schools, both of western New York, cancelled lacrosse games against Lancaster High School, home of the ‘Redskins.’
“It was an easy decision for us,” Lake Shore Superintendent James Przepasniak told The Buffalo News. “We feel this action is in support of the Native American community.”
According to Fox Sports, 11 percent of Akron students and 15 percent of Lake Shore students are Native American.
Lancaster administrators issued a statement declaring that although their name is the ‘Redskins’, they treat the name with “respect and honor.”
“We have every confidence in the curriculum department, faculty, and student leadership that, as we continue this process of educating ourselves on the other connotations of the term Redskin and build a context for understanding conflicting points of view, the students will have a wider lens with which to view the issue,” the statement read. “I hope the Native American community understands that while the mascot is still in place at Lancaster High School, we have worked diligently to treat it with respect and honor, removing any stereotypical behaviors and images, and I would implore their patience and understanding as we continue to educate our students and our community.”
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