GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Glastonbury’s Board of Education is discussing the idea of dropping its Native American mascot, the Tomahawks.
Board Chair, Doug Foyle, told News 8 the issue of eliminating the logo and nickname has moved forward and will appear on the board’s agenda during the next meeting for final action.
“We have a two-step process,” he said. “First reading at one meeting and then final action at a subsequent meeting. First reading allows for discussion and requests for further information to inform the final decision at a later meeting.”
On Monday, the motion for the first reading to eliminate the logo passed 6-2, meaning it will go on to phase two for a final decision.
Then, if it passes, there will be a new mascot.
It it unclear when the next meeting will be.
While the board continues its discussion, hundreds have signed a petition trying to keep it.
One student said she wants this community to keep the Tomahawks name and she has the growing support of more than 2,200 signatures online, saying that the name is not offensive.
But there’s also another petition calling for this change with the support of more than 1,200, saying in part, “Glastonbury’s community must recognize that their mascot is not appropriate. We cannot use this symbol in good conscience when Native American tribes throughout the country, and here in Connecticut, oppose the use of Native American mascots.