Calif. School To Keep ‘Arabs,’ May Change Mascot

CBS Sacramento

THERMAL, Calif. (AP) — School officials in Southern California say the “Arabs” name is here to stay, but the divisive costumed mascot that represents them may be changing.

The Coachella Valley Unified School District held a special meeting Friday night to address the recent dustup over the Coachella Valley High School Arabs and their bearded, snarling mascot who wears a headscarf.

Superintendent Darryl Adams said changing the “Arabs” name used since the 1920s by the school in this town east of Palm Springs is off the table, the Desert Sun reported.

“It is a name we will keep,” Adams said during the board meeting.

District officials planned to meet next week with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a group that has said the mascot is offensive wants it tossed. The group launched an online petition in an effort to pressure the school to abandon the mascot. So far, 900 people…

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