Committee doesn't recommend Anderson mascot be changed from "Redskins"

Committee doesn't recommend Anderson mascot be changed from "Redskins" (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There was no public comment during Tuesday night’s final committee meeting on whether to recommend changing from the Anderson High School Redskins.

Anderson High School has been the Redskins for more than 80 years.

It got heated at times as folks from the crowd yelled at the committee members, but eventually the committee did what the vast majority in attendance wanted, and did not recommend a change.

It was a halfway packed house inside the auditorium. Folks from both sides listened for two and a half hours as the committee discussed whether to recommend changing from the Redskins.

“This committee did not recommend any change at this time to the Board of Education,” Jim Frooman, the committee chair said.

Committee member Andy Wolf, said the vast majority of people want to stay the Redskins.

“3,400 folks signed a petition to keep it. 3,400 verified names. I hear a lot of speakers at the last couple open microphones are out of town reading letters from people who are out of town, a whole lot of people from out of town. Frankly, I don’t really care about out-of-towners,” Wolf said.

But fellow committee member, Julie Bissinger, asked if it would be the same decision under a different scenario.

“If we built a new high school now would we even consider Redskins as a mascot? And the answer was no everything every single person said no,” Bissinger said.

There will be no recommendation to change but the committee did leave the door open to make the change in the future.

“It tells me to get this community to a different place, eventually,” committee member, Elizabeth Barber said.

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