Locals Speak up About Changing Jr. High Mascots

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The Fayetteville School District was in the spotlight this week for some issues that had many speaking out.

“We need unity, especially in this town,” said Dr. Benjamin Mead, who is in favor of keeping mascots.

People stepped up to the podium at the school board meeting Thursday night to voice their concerns about changing mascots for the Ramay Junior High Indians and the Woodland Junior High Cowboys.

“As a nation, we have taken Native American culture and turned it into something we have appropriated,” said Christina Blackwood, who is in favor of changing mascots.

Some parents were behind student-led petitions to keep things the way they are, while others said the mascots are offensive and take away from Native American culture. 

“I’m kind of for just getting rid of all of them like other people have said and have more of a community building where people vote on a different mascot,” said Olivia Morgan, who is in favor of changing mascots.

“This mascot has been around for 50 years and it does mean something to this community. It’s a matter of tradition,” said Miriam Smith, a Woodland Junior High parent.

A few people with Native American heritage showed up to let their voices be heard.

“I think if it changes, you’re appeasing the adults and furthermore creating a division. They should just leave it alone because it’s going to cost a lot of money,”  Dr. Mead said.
 

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