Willoughby South High School getting rid of 'Rebels' mascot

Willoughby South High School getting rid of 'Rebels' mascot
(Source: WOIO)
(Source: WOIO)
Willoughby South High School mascot the Rebels. (Source: Willoughby South High School)
Willoughby South High School mascot the Rebels. (Source: Willoughby South High School)

WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - The superintendent of schools has ordered Willoughby South High School to get rid of the school's mascot, "Rebels."

A spokeswoman for Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools confirmed the decision Thursday morning.

The district released the following statement:

In light of the changing perception of the Civil War Rebel Icon, Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools has made a decision to move forward to identify a new figure to represent the South High Rebels.

Superintendent of schools, Steve Thompson, says the decision was a personal and professional one.

"We had multiple input from community members expressing concerns and at the end of the day I asked myself at some point I'm going to be standing here and I want to stand on the right side of history with a decision that shows courage. I personally believe that's the right decision." he said.

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