VPA requesting offensive school mascots & symbols be changed

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The Vermont Principals Association announced on Friday that offensive school mascots and symbols throughout the Green Mountain State need to be replaced.

The VPA released the following statement Friday morning:

“School mascots are often powerful symbols within a community. We believe that mascots and
all school symbols should support feelings of belonging and inclusiveness for students and the
wider community. They should not perpetuate divisive stereotypes and contribute to the ongoing
marginalization, erasure, and harm to BIPOC communities. Any mascot, nickname, symbol, or
logo that has marginalizing, racist, or exclusionary elements should be replaced to demonstrate
what it means to be an inclusive, welcoming, and strong community. Just as all aspects of
school operations need ongoing improvement for equitable outcomes and inclusive
representation and policies, so too should school mascots”

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