D.C. high school students to debate Redskins name

Controversy over the name of Washington’s professional football team has reached the hallways of the District’s Wilson High, where a student told Principal Pete Cahall that she found her classmates’ Redskins clothing offensive.

Cahall said he’d ask the student government to consider whether Redskins gear should be allowed in school.

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“I’m going to bring to them a concern of a student they represent, and let them debate and discuss and come up with a proposal — or not,” Cahall said. “I’ve got no dog in the fight. If nothing else, it’s a learning opportunity.”

Native American leaders have been pressing for a name-change for years, arguing that the team’s nickname is disparaging and racist. Their campaign won renewed attention recently thanks to a comment President Obama made in an interview with the Associated Press.

“If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” Obama said.

The team has said it won’t change the name.

 
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