• Team names and mascots may be challenged

    Date: 06.11.10 | by Judge Tom.

    Under a new law in Wisconsin,* race-based logos, mascots, nicknames and team names may be challenged by any resident of the school district.  The person who takes offense at a name or logo used by a school must file a written complaint with the state superintendent of education. 

    The law puts into place a process for studying the challenged moniker.  The aim of the law is directed at federally recognized American Indian tribes.  The school board in question is required to explain the use of the name and that it has the approval of the portrayed tribe.  The name, logo or mascot must not promote discrimination, pupil harassment or stereotyping.

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    A hearing may be held on the matter within 45 days of the complant.  The superintendent is authorized to terminate the use of any race-based logo, mascot, nickname or team name.  The final decision is subject to judicial review, meaning the challenge may end up in court.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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