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New school mascot policy gets preliminary approval

The Houston school district board has given preliminary approval to a policy that would prohibit the use of mascots considered offensive or culturally insensitive.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/18J3n3F ) the policy calls on schools to show respect and sensitivity in nicknames and mascots. The use of any race or ethnic group will be prohibited. Preliminary approval was given at a board meeting Thursday.

While the new policy does not refer to specific nicknames or types of mascot, the school district has said that three campuses - the Lamar High School Redskins, Hamilton Middle School Indians and Welch Middle School Warriors - would be affected.

A fourth school, Westbury High, might have to drop the use of Rebel, even though connections to the Confederacy were eliminated more than two decades ago.

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