The debate over whether Turners Falls High School should keep its mascot, currently an Indian, continued Tuesday night during the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee’s second public forum on the issue.
Committee Chairman Mike Langknecht said at the start of the night that the process still has a way to go. Educational forums will follow these two public meetings over the next several months and then the public will be allowed to submit proposals for the mascot. Those proposals can include the current mascot as well as new ideas.
“This is not the end of the process; this is the beginning of the process. We’re not going to take a vote at the end of the night,” he said. “We want to hear your opinions.”
Those who spoke touched on similar themes of previous meetings about the mascot, with those wanting to keep it saying the mascot comes from a place of pride and honor while those wanting to change the mascot said the use of an Indian image is not the correct way to honor the local Native Americans.