Capitol Hill Students Protest District's Decision To Change Mascot

Wednesday, December 10th 2014, 12:51 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma City Public School Board's decision to change Capitol Hill High School's mascot is not sitting well with students. More than 100 students spent Wednesday morning protesting that move.

Classes began at 7:30 a.m. at Capitol Hill High School. But a number of students who go to the school were not in class. They were outside protesting the Oklahoma City Public School District's decision on Monday night to remove "Redskins" as the mascot.

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Many of the students said they're concerned about the removal of this name. They'll need to buy new t-shirts and make more changes to the school.

The school district said it would immediately begin eliminating the use of the mascot and create a committee to identify a new mascot for the school before the start of the spring semester.

We're told that committee will consist of students, alumni and community members.

Tierney Tinnin, OKCPS Strategic Communications Director, released the following statement,

“This morning Capitol Hill High School students respectfully voiced their concerns of the Oklahoma City Public School District Board of Education's decision to identify a new mascot for the school. Oklahoma City Public School District administration is proud of our students and support their decision to protest the Board of Education's vote. This is an emotional issue for everyone involved and requires heartfelt and open conversations moving forward. Current and former Capitol Hill High School students will have an active role and strong voice in the process moving forward, and the District's Native American Student Services Department will work with the student body and the community on providing additional information on the history of the term “Redskins”. Our goal is to be supportive of our students and respectful to the community during this process.” 

The district believes more than 100 students demonstrated.