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Meeting on school nickname ends in profanity and derogatory insults

PAW PAW, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A heated meeting came to a screeching halt Wednesday night as a passionate debate over whether to change a local school district’s team nickname crossed a line.

School leaders in Paw Paw are nearing a decision about their Redskin team name and logo.

On Wednesday night people on both sides of the issue made their arguments to the school board, but that meeting ended abruptly when people in the crowd started spewing profanity and derogatory insults.

This came after the board threated to kick people out for outbursts earlier in the meeting.

More than 500 people packed into the Performing Arts Center at Paw Paw High School for a heated public forum surrounding the logo and symbol of the Paw Paw Redskins.

The school board held a discussion and heard presentations from Native American groups and organizations both for and against the name change, all in an effort for the district to decide whether to keep or change the Redskins name amid deepening tensions.

Newschannel 3 spoke with some people angry about the outcome of what was supposed to be an educational forum.

“You heard people at the end using the term Redskin the most derogatory way possible,” said Josh Musinski, “emphasizing why it is a problem and why it is racist.”

“I totally support any school that uses our name with respect and almost everyone I know does use it with respect,” said Eunice Davidson, who wants to keep the mascot.

The school board is expected to make a decision about the mascot on February 8th.

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