Private School Deep in the Heart of Redsk*ns Territory Banning Team’s Apparel

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown September 4th, 2017 Last Updated on: September 4th, 2017

As reported in Bethesda Magazine, a school in Bethesda, Maryland is banning apparel that has the Washington Redskins team name or logo.

Green Acres School, a private school in North Bethesda, sent out information to families of the students that attend the private school that there might be calls home to the student's parents or other actions taken if the child was wearing the NFL team's gear.

In a phone interview Monday, Head of School Neal Brown said he wants to enforce the rule in a way that creates a respectful campus without making children feel guilty for cheering on the D.C. team.

“We want to approach this with children in a very age-appropriate and sensitive way. We’re in no way trying to vilify anyone for rooting for the local football team because, in truth, I root for the local football team,” said Brown, whose school instructs students from age 3 through eighth grade.

For example, school staff might ask older students to don a Green Acres T-shirt to cover clothing with the Redskins logo or the staff might call a younger student’s parents to reiterate the policy, he said.

Brown said he hasn’t heard pushback from parents since his Aug. 25 announcement, but recognized that the issue touches on the tension between inclusivity and individual expression.

What do you guys think of the school's policy?

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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