Par­ents, stu­dents protest move to ban use of chief’s head­dress

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - — Ken Shep­herd

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.

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