ELGIN Ribbons embossed with school logos, catchy sayings and drawings are designed to promote school spirit during sporting events.
But a spirit ribbon, designed by a Montgomery, Ala. company and purchased by the Elgin High School cheerleader sponsor earlier this year, has some area residents crying foul saying they believe it's promoting a bigoted stereotype. The ribbon reads "Roast the Redskins' and shows a cartoon image of a Native American being burned at the stake.
Complaints to the administration by parents and some members of local Native American community were lodged Monday concerning these ribbons.
"I had not seen these ribbons until this morning," Elgin Schools Superintendent Tom Crimmins admitted.
One of the ribbons were sold for the Rush Springs game and the other the next weekend for Plainview football game. The game against Rush Springs was Aug. 30 and the Plainview game was Sept. 7 with both played at Elgin.
The nickname for Rush Springs is the Red Skins and it's the Plainview Indians.