Midget mascot dispute
FREEBURG, ILLINOIS- A high school mascot is under fire from a national sports group that represents people with dwarfism.
It wants Freeburg High School and a half-dozen others that call their school mascots midgets, to stop. It says the nickname is offensive.
The Little People of America wants Freeburg High to phase out its nickname within two years and to stop selling "midget" merchandise.
Freeburg is about 25 miles outside St. Louis in southern Illinois. It also asked schools in Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin to do the same. The Freeburg school superintendent says the name is a source of civic pride and is not mean to be derogatory since the nickname is traced to teams from long ago that beat much larger opponents.