District does away with Redskins mascot amid rivals' boycott

AP News
Posted: Mar 16, 2015 8:00 PM

LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York school district will do away with its Redskins mascot and nickname after lacrosse teams in the region said they would boycott games because of it.

The Lancaster Central School Board voted to retire the longtime symbol Monday during a special session after three districts with Native American students canceled lacrosse matches.

The term Redskins is considered by many to be a racial slur against Native Americans.

While supporters of the nickname say it was never meant to offend, high schools and universities throughout the country have dropped the name in recent years.

Lancaster has been phasing out images for the last few years. Monday's vote to retire it altogether was met with shouts of opposition from Redskins supporters, many of whom wore uniforms with the mascot's image.