The end is near for the R word.

Snell Middle School Principal Pat Abalos has removed signs, drawings and other public references to “Redskins” from his campus in the southwestern New Mexico town of Bayard.

Abalos said he still has to order new uniforms for athletic teams and perhaps purchase items such as school stationery. The new gear and supplies will eliminate all references to Redskins.

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