Pennsylvania students ban 'Redskins,' get sent to principal

12:42 PM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
The Neshaminy football team celebrates after wining the state title in 2001. (Photo: Chris Gardner, AP)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A brewing dispute at a high school near Philadelphia offers a twist on student free speech cases.

Student editors have voted to ban the word "Redskins" - the school mascot at football-crazed Neshaminy.

School officials object to the ban. Principal Robert McGee says every student has to publish an article in the Playwickian for course credit. He believes they're entitled to write about the Neshaminy Redskins.

But student Editor Gillian McGoldrick says the editorial board fears the word may offend Native Americans.

Other media outlets around the country have likewise challenged the nickname of the Washington Redskins, who visit Philadelphia on Sunday.

McGee is set to meet with student editors on Tuesday - a day before their next edition hits the street.

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