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Protest dooms "Peter Pan'

An intermediate school production of Peter Pan has been canceled after protests by American Indians.

Disappointed students at Southampton Intermediate School had spent six weeks rehearsing for the performance scheduled for last weekend, parents said.

Principal John O'Mahoney and Superintendent Richard Malone decided to cancel the play after Shinnecock Indians complained that the song Uhga-Wuhga-Meatball and demeaning words such as "squaw" and "redskin" promoted stereotypes.

Nine percent of the student body in the school, which covers grades five to eight, are American Indians who are members of the nearby Shinnecock Indian Reservation.

The school considered altering the play but ran into contractual problems with the company that owns the rights to the musical based on the classic tale by J. M. Barrie.

The students are now rehearsing for The Wizard of Oz instead.