(THE COLLEGE FIX) – A high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has retired its “Indian” mascot. Whether this was due to genuine community support or to outside activist pressure remains an open question.
Much of the local news coverage of the District 12 Board of Education’s 4-1 decision to retire Cheyenne Mountain High School’s mascot, which was echoed in statements of education officials, said student sentiment was what tipped the scales. But some evidence points elsewhere.
“Clearly, the high school kids who the mascot is supposed to be about at this point in time are not behind it in a high enough percentage it needs to be…it’s just no longer the case,” board member Russell Ross said, in an hour-long forum for community input on March 15.
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