Lansing school board to reconsider Scorpions as new Sexton High mascot | #Education

LANSING – The Lansing School District Board of Education will reconsider its decision earlier this month to approve Scorpions as J.W. Sexton High School’s new mascot after community members raised concerns.

The Board of Education selected Scorpions to replace Big Reds as the school’s mascot at a Nov. 10 meeting. Trustees unanimously selected Scorpions over J-Dubbs, the leading vote-getter among students.

Several community members criticized trustees for picking the runner-up over the clear favorite among students at their meeting on Nov. 17.

“I ask you to all second-guess what you’ve already done and make it right. There’s no problem in doing that,” Michael Lynn Jr., a Sexton graduate and Lansing activist, told the board Nov. 17. “There’s no problem in saying, ‘You know what? We might have made a mistake here.’ There’s no problem in stating that and moving forward correctly.”

A majority of J.W. Sexton High School students in Lansing selected J-Dubbs to replace Big Reds as the school's next mascot, as shown in this slideshow slide. The Lansing School District Board of Education selected Scorpions as the school's mascot, but is revisiting the decision at a meeting on Dec. 1.

Trustees voted to revisit the mascot selection at the next board meeting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1.

The final student ranking included J-Dubbs, Scorpions, Cardinals and Big Dawgs. The Nov. 17 meeting grew heated as board President Gabrielle Lawrence argued with Lynn Jr. and Joy Gleason, an entrepreneur and Greater Lansing Area Destination Tours owner, before having them both removed.

Gleason questioned the purpose of weeks spent gathering student, alumni and community input on the selection of a new mascot just for board members to ignore the most popular selection.

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