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No official mascot for Killingly High School following controversial meeting

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KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH)– When the Killingly High School football team takes the field Saturday for the Class M state championship game, the players known as the Redmen for decades and more recently the Red Hawks for just a few weeks, now have no mascot.

“They’re good kids and this is just a distraction for them,” said Killingly Board of Education member Hoween Flexer.

The BOE voted Wednesday night to rescind the Red Hawks mascot but failed to reinstate the Redmen mascot after the chairman abstained from the final 4 to 4 vote. 

Related: Tempers flare as Killingly HS votes ‘no mascot’ during Redmen vs. Red Hawks debate

“Mr Hanford. Present. The motion fails.”

Flexer did not support reinstating Redmen.

“It was a student… initiative to change the mascot was student led by our student board representatives, who were then vilified by adults from all over from June until today, which is not appropriate,” said Flexer.

“Well the whole thing I think is crazy. We should be focusing on more important issues in the town than that,” said Killingly resident Donna Bronwell.

Bronwell was at the meeting where dozens of people spoke.

“It did stir up a lot of energy in the town and I’m hoping that all this energy translates into being active in other commissions and other boards and that kind of stuff,” said Bronwell.

At this point there are no plans to take any further action on the school mascot. 

Flexer however believes the Board of Education chairman, Craig Hanford, who abstained from that final vote could call for a bipartisan committee to look into this further.

News 8 tried to contact Hanford and is waiting for a response.

“I don’t know I think these days people are really overly sensitive about things,” said Killingly resident Bill Harper. “They’ve been the Redmen forever.”

And so the debate continues. 

“Sitting on my couch grouching about it this morning,” Glenna Bruno said with a laugh.

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