Ritchie County school mascot raises discussion


HARRISVILLE, W.Va. – Community members in Ritchie County voiced their concerns about the “Rebel” mascot at Ritchie County High School during Monday evening’s board of education meeting.

Board members were asked to evaluate the school’s mascot, including the name “Ritchie County Rebels,” the cartoon, which is said to represent a Confederate soldier and the colors of the soldier’s uniform, which also resembles Confederate uniforms.

A petition is circulating advocating for the removal of the current mascot, but no decisions have been made thus far by board members.

“I support what the board said tonight. They were very clear,” said Superintendent Jim Brown. “They support the name ‘Ritchie County Rebels’, the school colors, but they want us to re-examine what our mascot, how it reflects the values of the board of education, our school system and the community.”

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 27, at 6 p.m.

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