Turners Falls residents divided over whether to change the high school nickname

Turners Falls held another public forum Tuesday night about changing the high school mascot.

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WWLP)- The Turners Falls school committee is trying to determine whether the high school nickname, the Indians, should be changed.

Tuesday night, they hosted their final public forum on the issue. The public forum showed that the school and community is still divided on whether the high school nickname should be changed. Both sides are not backing down.

“I always did think the name the Indians wasn’t really appropriate,” said Ann Howard of Turners Falls. “If we are going to honor the Native Americans. maybe use one of their tribes.”

Related: School & community divided over Turners Falls “Indians” mascot

“No harmful point of views its just a name and I think it’s represented in a great aspect in the turners Falls community,” said Neil Cole of Turners Falls.

Other residents believe the decision should rest with local Native Americans.

“The Native American community should decide whether if this is insulting to them or not and they rather ask that it be changed, said Alan Tabachnikove of Turners Falls.

Superintendent of Schools Michael Sullivan told 22News, the school committee will hear from historical experts before they decide. No dates have been set on those meetings. The school committee hopes to have a decision by the spring.

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