Lane Tech coun­cil votes to abol­ish mas­cot

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Lane Tech Col­lege Prep’s school coun­cil — made up of par­ents, com­mu­nity mem­bers, teach­ers and one stu­dent — has voted to abol­ish the school’s Na­tive Amer­i­can mas­cot.

The Lo­cal School Coun­cil voted 12-0 Tues­day to do away with the con­tro­ver­sial sym­bol, said Ana Scales, a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee. The “In­dian” mas­cot fea­tures a Na­tive Amer­i­can wear­ing a feather head­dress.

Even though the vote is ad­vi­sory and not fi­nal, a CPS spokesman said Wed­nes­day that “the mas­cot is be­ing of­fi­cially re­moved” and that Lane will “now en­gage their school com­mu­nity to se­lect a new one.”

In mid-July, the coun­cil reached out to cur­rent and for­mer stu­dents, ask­ing them in an on­line ques­tion­naire whether the mas­cot should be re­placed, Scales said. Some 9,100 peo­ple re­sponded, with 52.5% say­ing the mas­cot needed to go, Scales said. The coun­cil also re­ceived about 300 emails from cur­rent and for­mer stu­dents of­fer­ing their opin­ions.

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