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Arkansas judge dismisses complaint against schools over mascot

A Sebastian County judge on Thursday ruled that the Fort Smith School District and its School Board were in compliance with the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, stating that the district properly alerted the public in advance of a meeting.

Sebastian County Circuit Court Judge James O. Cox delivered his ruling regarding a lawsuit filed in late July by Fort Smith attorney Joey McCutchen that is centered around a June 23 meeting of the School Board’s Committee of the Whole. At that meeting, a vote was cast to recommend to the Fort Smith School Board the retirement of Southside High School’s Rebel mascot and “Dixie” fight song. Continue…