HOUSTON, TX – Shakespeare once said; What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But things aren’t sounding very rosy for the Lamar High School “Redskins”. They are one of four area faculty teams affected by a Houston Independent School District measure prohibiting mascots that maybe be considered offensive or culturally insensitive.
Passing eight for zero against, it was a land-slide ruling by the HISD board who first heard from both sides on this heated debate. The ruling now paves the way for a final vote in January, which might require Lamar’s Redskins, along with the Westbury Rebels, Hamilton Indians and Welch Warriors to change their mascot names. That’s two high schools and two middle schools. Really? HISD wants to be p.c., but students at Lamar just feel picked on.
Only time will tell whether or not Lamar, and other schools, will be looking for new team identities. stay tuned.