Godfrey-Lee getting rid of Rebels mascot

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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Godfrey-Lee Public Schools in Wyoming has voted to phase out its use of the controversial Rebels mascot.

The district said its school board voted to make the move Monday. The board will appoint a group of board members, staff, students and community members to recommend a new mascot, which should happen in time for the start of the next school year.

The decision comes after a survey found the mascot “and the associated symbolism and historic relationship did not reflect the diversity of our district, the community,” according to a Monday release from the district.

“A name and mascot should be inclusive and bring pride to each member of our school family. That is not our current reality, and the time is right to make it right,” Board President Eric Mockerman said in a statement.

The matter of the mascot came up recently when district officials created a new strategic plan and decided it was time to reevaluate the name, which many have associated with the Confederate South and slavery.

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