SHREWSBURY (CBS) – Shrewsbury Excessive Faculty’s mascot will stay the Colonials regardless of a protracted debate. The Shrewsbury Faculty Committee acquired extra emails from the group on the mascot than another, and that features instructing throughout a pandemic.
On Wednesday evening, the Shrewsbury college board voted 3-2 to maintain the Colonials mascot for the highschool. A scholar had requested the change claiming the mascot is racially insensitive and the idea of “colonialism” might be seen as exclusionary.
Those that wished to maintain the Colonials nickname mentioned it salutes the city’s Revolutionary Struggle historical past. The depth of the controversy shocked Shrewsbury residents.
“The extent of polarizing and albeit vitriol that I’ve seen has been disheartening to me as a result of I don’t consider it displays the core values of this group,” mentioned Lynsey Heffernan of the Shrewsbury Faculty Committee. “However, I might say it displays an actual ardour for our mascot, for or in opposition to.”
Shrewsbury Faculties Superintendent Joseph Sawyer mentioned, “I don’t consider that it could be prudent to take the extra excessive choice of fixing the mascot totally presently.”
In preserving the nickname, the college committee unanimously agreed to supply academic alternatives to ensure college students and the group know the historic context of the mascot and why it was chosen.