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Lancaster School Board Unanimously Votes to Change 'Redskins' Name

A school district in New York voted unanimously Monday to change its high school's controversial 'Redskins' nickname.

School district officials in Lancaster, New York voted unanimously Monday night to change its controversial high school nickname.

The Lancaster Central School District Board hosted a special meeting where they determined the word 'redskin' is offensive to Native Americans, USA Today reported.

According to USA Today, during the meeting, Lancaster School Board President Kenneth Grabar was frequently interrupted by a crowd of about 100. At one point, Graber told the crowd they were acting like children.

The Change the Mascot campaign released a statement Monday lauding the school board officials for their unanimous vote to change the school name.

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"We offer our sincere congratulations to the Lancaster Central School District Board for their admirable choice," a statement from the organization reads. "Tonight the people entrusted to teach our children stood up for what is right. They listened to all sides of the debate and arrived at a fair decision that demonstrates tolerance and respect, and embodies the values that we as Americans hold dear."

Earlier this month, Akron and Lake Shore high schools in New York cancelled lacrosse games with Lancaster over its offensive moniker.

"It was an easy decision for us," Lake Shore Superintendent James Przepasniak told The Buffalo News. "We feel this action is in support of the Native American community."