Ohio school takes action after Trail of Tears banner uproar

GREENFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school widely criticized over a banner displayed at a prep school football game recalling the country’s mistreatment of Native Americans is responding with an action plan including more apologies and history lessons for its students.

The banner was made for Greenfield-McClain High School’s matchup with a longtime football rival team, the Hillsboro High School Indians. It read: “Hey Indians, Get Ready for a Trail of Tears Part 2,” referring to the 19th century forced relocation of Indians. Thousands died of starvation, illness or exposure.

The Hillsboro Times-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2eRwKe1) reports that the Greenfield school’s principal says he and cheerleaders who made the banner have worked on an action plan that includes educating students about the 19th century event. A cheerleaders’ representative also recorded an apology to students and staff.


Information from: Times-Gazette, http://www.timesgazette.com