Fate of the Cedar High mascot hangs in the balance

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) There was a passionate plea from committee members recommending a big change at Cedar High School in Southern Utah.

The committee was tasked with studying whether the Redmen mascot, in use since the 1940s, should be retired.

The committee presented findings to the Iron County School Board Tuesday night, and among them, a consensus to change the Redmen.

One of the committee members told the board there have been several issues with the mascot including incidents where students at Cedar High were targeted. One cheerleader was met with “hate” after she posted on social media how proud she was to be a student there.

The reaction was downright scary says CHS Committee Member Tiffany Swindlehorst.

“She faced comments such as kill yourself, I would like to bomb that school, hell-faced b-words and doubly upsetting to her mother, all the history teachers at the school ought to be shot,” said Swindlehorst.

The school board has the final say on the mascot. Supporters were also present at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Members of the public could voice their opinions on the matter as well.

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