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Wisconsin school district dropping 'Midgets' mascot

Posted at 12:36 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 13:38:34-05

A northern Wisconsin school district unanimously voted to discontinue their high school's "Midgets" mascot.

Hurley School District announced Monday that although the mascot is a proud symbol of the community and the school district, it was "increasingly becoming a distraction."

"Additionally in a school district that prides itself on inclusion and making all students and families feel a strong sense of belonging, the mascot sends the wrong message to any student or family who is different" the district said in a statement. "We fully understand that many in the community will disagree with this vote, but we felt the need to take action."

The district will begin work to select a new mascot later this year and intends to include parents, students and staff in the process.