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Action on banned word at Neshaminy High is delayed

The Neshaminy school board has postponed a vote on a proposed policy that would reverse the student newspaper´s ban of the word ´Redskins.´
The Neshaminy school board has postponed a vote on a proposed policy that would reverse the student newspaper's ban of the word 'Redskins.'

BUCKS COUNTY

Action on banned word is delayed

LANGHORNE The wait goes on.

The Neshaminy School Board's policy committee on Tuesday tabled any further action on a proposed policy that would reverse the student newspaper's ban on the word "Redskins," the nickname of the school's sports teams, according to student editor Gillian McGoldrick.

Students and district administrators agreed to discuss the issue further after tempers flared at a public meeting on Tuesday, McGoldrick said.

Students at the Playwickian, Neshaminy High School's newspaper, have said the proposed policy violates their constitutional rights. They said the word is offensive to many people and should not be used.

The full board had postponed a vote on the issue earlier this month, kicking it back to the policy committee because of lingering questions from board members and the public.

McGoldrick said students were hoping to schedule a meeting within two weeks, likely with Neshaminy High School principal Rob McGee and district superintendent Robert Copeland. But that it was not immediately clear who would attend.

McGee said in an e-mail that he was likely to attend, but that he wasn't sure about any other administrators. A message left with Copeland was not returned Wednesday.

Whether the full board will be able to vote on the policy next month is also unclear. After June, the board's next public meeting is scheduled for August.

The students have been enforcing the ban with the board's proposed policy in limbo, and have retained pro bono legal counsel from Philadelphia law firm Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz.

- Chris Palmer

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