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Berlin revisiting school mascot after passage of new law

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BERLIN (WKOW) -- The Berlin Area School District is renewing discussions about its Indian mascot in light of a new state law.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction originally told the district it would have to change the mascot, but Superintendent Robert Eidahl says the new state law put the brakes on that change for now.

The new law requires a petition to trigger a state review of a nickname, where the previous law required only a single complaint. The new statute also wipes out all previous state orders for schools to drop race-based mascots.

WLUK-TV reports the school board heard arguments on both sides of the mascot issue Wednesday night, but made no decision. Those in favor of changing the school's mascot say the Indian logo has negative and racist overtones. Those who support the mascot say it's a matter of free speech.

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