Rep Glenn pledges to fight bill threatening Bay City Western Warrior mascot

first_img State Rep. Gary Glenn, of Williams Twp., whose son graduated and played football at Bay City Western High School in Auburn, today said he will work to kill a state Senate bill introduced last month that threatens to reduce state funding to Bay City Public Schools unless Western sports teams abandon their Native American-based “Warrior” mascot.Western High School fight song and imagery, long on display in the gymnasium, honoring the Warrior spirit. The bill, introduced Nov. 2 by a Democratic senator from Detroit, would reduce state funding to any school district that allows a school to maintain a sports mascot or logo deemed “race and ethnicity-based.”“This politically correct waste of time in Lansing is a good argument for a part-time Legislature,” Glenn said. “Trying to force Western to abandon its long-held tradition of honoring the Warrior spirit, and threatening to cut school funding if we refuse to capitulate to liberals’ ‘identity politics’ agenda, is not the proper role of state government. We should continue to urge our young people, as Western does, to have a Warrior mentality as they face the challenges of life, not an attitude of victimhood, and in the end, what we call our local sports teams in Auburn is our business, not Detroit’s or Lansing’s.”“When my son played ball at Western, the Warrior mascot was an honored inspiration to student athletes to emulate the fighting spirit and pride of the native peoples of Michigan,” Glenn said. “In that same spirit, I will work to preserve Western’s tradition of respect and honor and protect the authority of local school board members, administrators, and parents to make such decisions.“I assure families and students at Western that as a proud Warrior dad, I will work to ensure that this threat to funding for Bay City schools does not become law,” Glenn said.Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., left, and son, a former Western Warrior football player. Glenn’s son, now 27, played football at Western High School during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, graduating in 2010. He was also involved in computer technology competitions at the Bay Arenac Career Center and is now a senior rocket instrumentation technician in the aerospace industry.Glenn noted that previous attempts to force Michigan schools to change Native American-based mascots have been dismissed by the U.S. Department of Education and the state Attorney General.Senate Bill 646, introduced by state Sen. Ian Conyers, D-Detroit, has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee. Should the legislation be approved by that committee and the Senate, it would advance to the House where Glenn, who serves as Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, promises to fight it.##### 01Dec Rep. Glenn pledges to fight bill threatening Bay City Western Warrior mascot Categories: Newslast_img

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