Vermont Supreme Court nixes lawsuit over school mascot name

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled against South Burlington residents seeking to keep the local high school mascot name in place.

The Burlington Free Press reports the court ruled Friday, saying the South Burlington School Board was not legally required to consider a petition that would have taken the name change to a citywide vote.

On Feb. 1 2017, the school board voted unanimously to drop the "Rebel" school nickname because of connections to the Confederacy. Students later chose to adopt "Wolves" as the new mascot name.

School district lawyer Pietro Lynn said Friday that the district was pleased with the decision and the community can move forward. Paul Gillies, who represents the opposed residents, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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