MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – A petition to save Manhattan High’s controversial mascot is gaining momentum. Thousands have now signed their names in support of keeping the Indians name.
This isn’t the first time the Manhattan high school’s mascot has been up for debate. After many emails from Manhattan to remove the mascot, school board members are looking to hear from students and parents in November on a solution.
The Indians mascot has been the school’s mascot since the 1940’s. Thinking of the mascot being something different has caused many concerns to Manhattan residents. To make sure the Indians mascot stays, an online petition was started by Lindsay Elliott. On October 28th, the petition had more than 2,100 online signatures.
“We have to listen to the numbers as well,” Manhattan School Board Member, Darell Edie said. “But also, the reasoning behind the change and why not the change…why it was put there in the first place. Doing some fact checking on everything.”
Edie says if the mascot is changed it will come with a cost. The district is looking at more than $300,000 worth of changes.
“The other thing that we have to think about is it’s not just us who’ll have to come up with that cost,” Edie said. “Everybody that we play…”
Edie says the high schools they play against all have banners with the Indians logo that would have to be changed too. This also means changes could happen throughout the entire district.
“It could increase cost of tickets going to events,” Edie said. “Could be that. Could affect salaries, could affect positions, it could affect all sorts of things.”
After the public meeting on November 30th, the board of education will meet on December 7th to make their decision.