Langhorne resident Donna Boyle said that she avoids going to Neshaminy High School despite having a son that graduated from the school and another son that will soon attend the school.
The reason she avoids going there is because there is Redskin "paraphernalia" all over the school.
Boyle has Native American ancestry and told the Neshaminy School Board Tuesday night that it is "common belief that the word redskin is not an offensive term."
"I'm asking you to stop using it," she said of the mascot. She said that having the word redskin all over the high school is the same as putting the "n" word all over the school and asking African American families to come into the school.
She also said that she doesn't have to go to the school to see the redskin paraphernalia, because it comes to her house every day in the form of newletters, fliers and more, which she held up to show the public and school board.
"I think this is the last racism that is allowed," she said.
Though she noted there is a NFL football team with the same mascot, she said it "has nothing to do with public school" because they are paid by ticket sales while the school is paid for with tax dollars.
"I know that nobody likes to change their name, but it has to be done. It’s the last kind of racism and it can’t be accepted," Boyle said, crying at the podium in front of the school board. She also said that the school's athletic teams have gone by other names in the past.
"This is something I deal with every day and I don’t think my child should have to deal with it too," she stated.
School board President Ritchie Webb told Boyle at the end of the meeting that the school board is not ignoring her, but they need time to look into the issue before they get back to her about it.
While speaking to the board, Boyle cited the school district's discrimination and harassment policy, which reads as follows and is attached below the photo above:
It is the policy of the Board of School Directors to support fully the laws prohibiting harassment and discrimination, including harassment and/or discrimination because of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, disability, medical condition and age as well as sexual harassment, and to maintain a learning environment which is free of any such harassment and discrimination.
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