Green Mountain Unified School District reverses decision on ‘Chieftains’

Published: Feb. 17, 2023 at 3:32 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2023 at 4:17 PM EST
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CHESTER, Vt. (WCAX) - A Vermont school district has reversed its decision to ditch the nickname of its sports teams.

The Green Mountain Unified School District voted last month to retire “Chieftains” in keeping with state legislation that prohibits nicknames or mascots related to racial or ethnic groups.

However, on Thursday, the school board voted 6-4 to rescind the decision and return to the Chieftains name.

Back in October, leaders removed the Chieftains logo from school grounds.

Several Vermont schools have struggled with this issue in the past, including Rutland which went back and forth for years on its mascot, the Raider. Last month, the Rutland School Board decided to change the mascot to just “Rutland.”

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