West Hartford schools to keep names, change mascot

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A pair of schools there are keeping the names, but dropping controversial school mascots.

The school board has voted to officially remove any Native American symbols from two high schools there. It’s been back and forth with students and the school board West Hartford schools are ditching the Native American mascots and the logo.

Conard and West Hartford high schools will still call themselves the Chieftains and the Warriors but now they have to come up with new logos!

“We can go forward as a town, as two set of student bodies, and embrace these names with pride with reverence and with respect. I think we have to allow our students the latitude to come up with something that will make us all proud,” said a board member.

Board members say no new images of Native Americans will be used in either school though the boards decision was unanimous students are split over it.

“Even if you give them another logo these students do not want to change what they know because they have so much pride in it,” said a student.

The board says the logos and mascots will be changed with the help of school administrators, teachers, students and other members of the school community by June 15th.

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