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Berlin schools keep Indian mascot

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 BERLIN (WKOW) -- The Berlin Area School District will keep its Indian mascot.  The decision was made Wednesday night.

Our affiliate, WBAY, says the board made its decision after reviewing a survey done by students and members of the community that shows overwhelming support for keeping the mascot.

Opponents have been asking the district to get rid of the mascot for years.  Jean Bruce of Berlin says, "What some may think of as a good stereotype is still a stereotype.  Stereotypes are limiting and disrespectful when used to represent a whole ethnic group of people. Do we want our schools to teach our children that stereotyping people is okay?"

Troy Westphal of Berlin disagrees with Bruce.  He says, "I know that everybody wants to keep their mascot. It's not offensive, and I'm glad that it went that way."

In 2011, the Department of Public Instruction ordered the district to change the mascot, but because of a law signed by Governor Scott Walker, a change of mascot requires at least 10% of a district's population to petition for the change.

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