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Alabama High School Mocks Indians Opponent With "Trail Of Tears" Sign

So, um, this was the run-through sign McAdory (Ala.) High whipped up for Friday's second-round playoff game against Pinson Valley (Ala.), whose nickname is the Indians. The photo first appeared on a Tumblr but appears to have been taken down, though not before BuzzFeeᴅ got wind of it.

McAdory's principal posted the following apology this morning on the school's website:

Monday, November 18, 2013

To Whom It May Concern:

On 11/15/2013 at a football game at McAdory High School, a sign was displayed that made reference to the "Trail of Tears" in which Native Americans were subjected to horrific atrocities. This was not condoned by the school administration, the Jefferson County Board of Education or the community. The person who would normally be responsible for approving such signs is out on maternity leave, and I take full responsibility that arrangements were not made to have the signs pre-approved before the ballgame. Please accept our sincere apologies to the Native American people and to anyone who was offended by the reference to an event that is a stain on our nation's past forever.

In response to the "bust thru" sign used by McAdory High School during the Round 2 State Play-Off game versus Pinson Valley High School, all social studies and history teachers will re-teach and/or review units concerning Native American displacement following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.


Tod Humphries



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