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High school to alter mascot’s image after KKK references

February 22, 2020 GMT

RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — The depictions of a Vermont high school’s mascot will be removed following complaints the images were associated with the Ku Klux Klan.

Superintendent Layne Millington of the Orange Southwest School District announced the gym wall at Randolph Union High School showing a shrouded ghost riding a horse will be painted over, WPTZ reported Thursday.

Clocks throughout the school that show the controversial depictions of the Galloping Ghosts of Randolph will also be replaced. But Millington made it clear that while the illustration of the mascot will change, the mascot itself won’t.

Should a new image replace the one being removed, it’ll be a version from the school archives that shows a skeleton, Millington said.

The district decided not to hold public meetings on the matter because of what Millington called “contentious” debates around the subject of mascot changes across the country.

Instead, the superintendent said he hopes cutting right to a decision will allow for meaningful conversations about racial justice, and make diverse members of the school community feel respected and welcome.

Millington added, “Each and every one of those students has stories that need to be told and need to be heard.