Michigan school district discussing use of Rebel mascot

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan school district is considering whether to change its longtime mascot because of its association with the Confederacy.

The Godfrey-Lee Public School District this month held the first of two planned forums to discuss the use of its Rebel mascot.

Board of Education President Eric Mockerman told WOOD-TV in Detroit that no matter what decision the district makes about the mascot, someone is going to be upset about it.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the issue is part of a growing conversation in the state about the use of Native American and Confederate memorabilia in schools.

The next community meeting is scheduled for Jan. 17. The board hopes to make a decision in February.