(ABCNEWS.GO) — Student editors of a high school paper in Philadelphia are engaged in a war of words with administrators over the use of the school’s team nickname, the Redskins.

The debate over free speech began after student editors at the Neshaminy Playwickian wrote an editorial on Oct. 27 on “why we refuse to use the ‘R’ word” — a topic they claim “no one wants to discuss, but one that needs to be discussed” because of its offensiveness to American Indians.

“It is one of the most controversial issues in Neshaminy’s history,” began the editorial. “The word ‘Redskin’ is racist, and very much so. It is not a term of honor, but a term of hate.”

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