Parents, students protest move to ban use of chief’s headdress
Scores of parents and students descended Wednesday on a school board meeting in Frederick, Maryland, to protest a local principal’s decision to ban the use of an Indian headdress at the high school’s sporting events.
One of the individuals in attendance even urged the Frederick County school board to fire Linganore High School Principal Nancy Doll, the Frederick News-Post said.
Linganore High School mascot is the Lancer, and its football helmets bear the image of a spear similar to that used by the Florida State Seminoles.
According to the News-Post, one Lancer tradition involves a graduating senior bequeathing a headdress to a rising senior, who then becomes the new “chief” leading the student fans at football and basketball games.