GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – The Glastonbury Board of Education voted 7-1 to reaffirm the decision to remove the Tomahawk logo and name from the town’s high school.
The vote occurred during a special meeting on Monday night to discuss the town’s mascot. It was virtual-only.
A meeting was held on Dec. 14 to address the future of the high school’s mascot. A little over a year ago, the school board voted 7 to 1 to remove the Tomahawk logo and name from Glastonbury High School.
A petition circulated by people in the community forced the BOE to reexamine the decision.
After public comment during the Dec. 14 meeting, a board member and an audience member got into an aggressive back and forth argument before the board member was punched in the jaw.
“I’m mad that last week’s hearing was such an embarrassing episode for our town,” said BOE member Matt Saunig during Monday’s virtual meeting.
Following that incident, many board members agreed the Tomahawk represents divisiveness in Glastonbury.
“The Tomahawk mascot no longer seems to be a symbol that signals a vision of strength and unity at Glastonbury High School, but instead seems to sow division and discord in our community,” said BOE member Evan Seretan at Monday night’s meeting.
Only one Board of Education member felt that further research was needed into the meaning of the former Tomahawk mascot.
Right now, the sign outside the high school displays its new mascot, the Guardians.
Feelings are mixed among students and parents.
“I find it a little bit ridiculous that they changed it to Guardians,” said Bob Asperis, a freshman at Glastonbury High School.
“I’ve been playing for it so long so it kind of felt meaningful to me but I don’t mind the Guardians logo,” said Savvas Asperis, also a freshman at the school.
News 8 spoke with Glastonbury Superintendent Alan Bookman who said he continues to have the same belief about the mascot that he did when it initially came into question — if any mascot is offensive to any group in the area, why would they keep it?
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