WASD officials: Waynesboro school mascots to remain the same

September 25, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro Area School District officials said Tuesday they have no intentions of getting rid of the “Indians” and “Maidens” designations for sports teams.

Some school board members said they have received calls from people who believe the branding could change soon.

“It’s very troubling when rumors are raised without any basis at all. ... I don’t think there is any appetite at all to do this,” said Chris Lind, school board member.

“It’s just been a rumor, for two or three weeks, that wouldn’t die,” said Leland Lemley, school board member.

Board member Sherry Cline said her son asked her about the school board selecting new mascots after he heard speculation at school. She said she believes the rumors were tied to new banners and a “unified logo” being selected for the football stadium.

“We just went ahead with the uniform logo to have it on the signs,” Athletic Director Eric McIlquham said.


Lind disagreed about the source of the rumors, saying he believes “some in the community” want to “embarrass” the new administrators and athletic director.

About 15 years ago, the school board heard from people on both sides of the issue when there was a national movement to end references to American Indians in mascots, according to Lemley.

“We rejected (making a change) at that time,” he said.

High school Principal Chris Dennis said an announcement made Monday alerted his students the Indians and Maidens designations would remain.

Waynesboro Area Middle School uses “Braves” references for its sports and activities.

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