LANCASTER, N.Y. – A decision by the Lancaster School District to change its mascot is not sitting well with some students who are holding a rally this morning. The students felt they were left out of the decision-making process.
Once students got off the buses this morning, those who still support the mascot rallied outside the building. Senior Emily Koeppel organized the rally. She says there was never a formal discussion in school classes about changing the mascot name and why it was being considered.
About 200 students from the high school, and about 100 students from the middle school, participated in the rally.
Emily Koeppel said, “We thought there would be a vote and we would get to say how we feel. We left feeling like we were stepped on and ignored, so we just want to do something that is peaceful and respectful. We are standing up for ourselves and trying to send a direct message to people that we care about this.”
Talk show host John Kane with “Let’s Talk Native” says students would have a better understanding of why the word is offensive if there was more education on native american history in schools.
Kane says there is a lot of students who support the decision to change the mascot.