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District scraps logo with racist tie

BRUNSWICK, N.Y. -- An upstate school district is scrambling to change its logo after a group of students researching hate crimes discovered it was identical to one used by a white supremacist group.

"It's not going to be our logo anymore, I can tell you that," said Brittonkill Schools Superintendent Teresa Thayer Snyder.

Known as the Bengals, Tamarac High School has several versions of the tigers throughout the building.

But one particular tiger used as a symbol for the National Association for the Advancement of White People also appears on Tamarac's gym bags and the school district's calendar.

The students spotted the logo on a website maintained by the Anti-Defamation League.

"They brought it down to my office and said, 'Look at this,' " Snyder said.

School officials, she said, are now removing the image wherever it is found.

But it won't be easy purging the offending logo completely, especially since a pep squad recently handed out several gym bags.

The logo, school officials said, is a generic image widely available in publications and online.

Once led by former Ku Klux Klan member and one-time Louisiana state representative David Duke, the NAAWP operates mostly in Southern states.

Teachers at the high school northeast of Albany, meanwhile, plan to ask students to develop a new logo, Snyder said.

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