Vestavia Hills (Ala.) asks for 'respectful dialogue' on contentious Rebel mascot issue

Vestavia Hills (Ala.) asks for 'respectful dialogue' on contentious Rebel mascot issue

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Vestavia Hills (Ala.) asks for 'respectful dialogue' on contentious Rebel mascot issue

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The mayor of Vestavia Hills, Ala., and the schools superintendent are asking the community to engage in “respectful dialogue” as they work to determine “a respectful resolution” regarding the school’s Rebel mascot. The mascot is almost identical to the one that Ole Miss uses.

In a statement posted on the city’s Facebook page, Mayor Alberto C. Zaragoza Jr. and Superintendent Sheila Philips say the school has been thrust into the spotlight by “outside media sources” and said name-calling and discord within the community will allow others to paint them in a negative light.

Philips has previously said she recognizes the Rebel mascot and symbols as a “point of contention for some members of our community …  We will be responsive to this significant issue and give it the attention it rightfully deserves.”

The school board has planned a work session for Wednesday night and will hear public comment

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