KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools has plans to change the mascot of at least one school, citing that some school mascots may be "insensitive to other cultures."
A spokesperson for the district said that Apaches are not from the region, and are a nomadic nation from the Alaska region, Canada and portions of southwest America.
They also said that some names could stereotype Native Americans, and could portray them in a way that does not take them seriously.
The district said that for Arrowhead Middle School, its mascot imagery has been used less and less, and changing to a new mascot could lead to increased usage.
The KCKPS Board of Education formed a School Naming Committee on March 9.
The district spokesperson said the next steps from the committee are to select a name and gather community feedback from stakeholders.
The list of mascots currently under consideration includes:
- Blue Jays