Turners Falls High School mascot debate is not over

The town will vote on the “Indians” nickname on May 15th

TURNERS FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – The “Indians” was removed as Turners Falls High School mascot this past winter, but some people in town are having a hard time accepting it.

The Gill Montague Regional School Committee made the removal decision, but a lot of people in Montague said they’re upset over the loss of their long-time logo. The town will vote this month on a non-binding referendum to either change or keep the “Indians” nickname.

David Detmold of Montague said, “Here we have three Native American children on average in our school district every year. They should not be represented by stereotypes as if they’ll all grow up to be brave warriors.”

Oren Clark of Turners Falls said, “There’s been generation after generation in tradition and I think what’s in a name is more of the team. To change someone’s name, it just doesn’t seem right.”

The town will vote on May 15th, but the final decision still rests with the school committee, regardless of the referendum results.

Related: School committee voted to remove Turners Falls High School ‘Indians’ mascot