Suburban Philly school board approves revised policy on school newspaper's use of 'Redskins'

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BENSALEM, Pa. — A suburban Philadelphia school board has approved a policy limiting — but not completely eliminating — a school newspaper’s ability to ban use of the word “Redskins” when referring to the school’s sports teams or mascot.

The Neshaminy school board voted 8-1 Thursday night for the revised policy that bars the Bucks County high school newspaper from banning the name of the mascot from its editorials or its letters to the editor.

The changes give students more control over the news section of The Playwickian but retain a 10-day review period, restrictions on online comments on articles and other limitations.

The newspaper staff voted in October to ban use of “Redskins,” calling it a racial slur. Some district officials have maintained that students aren’t allowed to do that.



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