TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A public input session was held at Manhattan High School to discuss the future of the “Indians” as the official school mascot.
Many people feel the school’s mascot is offensive while others want to keep the tradition alive.
Four groups were invited to speak for 15 minutes:
- Current Manhattan High School students in favor of the mascot.
- Current Manhattan High School students for retiring the mascot.
- Alumni in support of the mascot.
- Alumni in support of retiring the mascot.
Duke Prentup, the son of former coach Frank Prentup, was the first to speak at the forum. The mascot was intended to honor his father, who has roots with the Tuscarora tribe. He says that the mascot is meant to be empowering and not insulting.
KSNT has previously reported that it would cost more than $300,000 to change the mascot.
The Board of Education will come to a decision on whether or not to keep the mascot December 7.