- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A Fort Smith attorney wants a judge to stop his local school district from ditching the Rebel mascot at Southside High School.

Attorney Joey McCutchen requested an injunction Tuesday, arguing that the cost to change the mascot will cause irreparable harm to Fort Smith taxpayers. District officials say it will cost at least $265,000 to change the mascot, but McCutchen told KHBS-KHOG (https://bit.ly/1N10Rt8 ) he believes the cost will be more.

The school board voted in July to change the school’s “Dixie” fight song this year and Rebel mascot next year. Several board members said the Charleston, South Carolina, shooting where nine black church members were killed by white gunman Dylann Roof, prompted a discussion of changing the symbols.

The band has replaced “Dixie” with a version of “Wabash Cannonball.”

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