Watertown high faculty’s mascot up for discussion

WATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) — Watertown high faculty’s mascot might turn into a factor of the past.

The school’s mascot committee held virtual assembly Tuesday night, where any one was allowed to talk for or towards the college’s present Indian mascot.

After 2009, when former pupil Colleen Murphy graduated excessive faculty, she all started taking a controversy along with her college’s mascot, the Indian.

final summer, she worked with a whole bunch of her fellow alumni to start a petition to get the mascot out.

considering the fact that then, her group has continued to induce the Board of education, proposing greater analysis of the situation at different meetings.

“We reached out to native voices in the group, in the state of Connecticut, and even all through the country,” pointed out Murphy, of Watertown.

In response, the Board created a Mascot Committee, made of Board of schooling contributors, neighborhood contributors, team of workers and college students.

Krista Palomba, a member and alum herself, mentioned casting off the mascot takes away a chance to teach about Native American heritage, especially local heritage.

“It’s about speakme about the issues. It’s about speakme about Native americans, and where is the history, we’re dropping it because it’s not being taught in the schools. And that’s why my platform is show, now not eradicate,” Palomba mentioned.

meantime Superintendent of schools Janet Parlato is additionally head of the Mascot Committee, and spoke of voices from both sides have been heard loud and clear.

“To me that makes for a productive conversation because either side had been represented and were articulating themselves when it comes to their place,” Parlato noted.

while nearly all of individuals worried in the meeting say the mascot should still be axed, a number of americans want to hold the identical. Some say the Board of schooling should let residents vote on the be counted. 

“I don’t need the mascot changed. i’ve been extremely happy with signify Watertown excessive college,” said Bruce Chanchillo, classification of ‘seventy eight

The Mascot Committee will meet another time on Wednesday, after Tuesday’s town hall assembly.

they will then have their suggestion for the board done by the end of the month.