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    The Redsk*n Mascot - Ban the Hurt

    Most dictionaries say Redsk*n is a racial slur. But an indigenous parent and a high school newspaper editor say their Neshaminy High School principal and school district supervisors won't listen.

    Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA is living in the old west. Its mascot, an indian head in a Western regalia headdress doesn't match the local tribe that it claims to, and the word reminds students and others of American racial abuse.

    Cherokee parent Donna Boyle describes how the R-word was a taunt she suffered as a child. Editor Reed Hennessy represents the Pickwickian student newspaper editors who have petitioned the school district to ban the image and the R-word that is featured everywhere on campus. Boyle says maybe it is hard to fight when a private organization like the Washington Redskins uses a slur, but that it should be banned from a public school.

    But the Neshaminy High School principal and the school district supervisors say using "redskin" is a long held community tradition and have decided that hurt doesn't matter. School officials say the mascot, which is depicted on many items for sports revenue sales, stays.

    Should official use of a designated and widely understood racial slur be sanctioned by a public school district? Why or why not? Add your voice by watching the video and providing your opinion to the debate at the Neshaminy School District in Bucks County, PA. Ban the hurt: http://chn.ge/1A5HgOI

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