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Bellfonte Mascot Changed

“Like it has been said so many times when you know better you do better. I think we can do better I am confident we will do better.”

The Red Raider name debate is finally over after the board voted on what they are calling a compromise.

“I think this is the best option for the over 2600 students, staff, and community as a whole to move forward to create a mascot that is not offensive to people and not harming people.”

This meeting was a continuation from Tuesday nights which drew a huge community response.

“The courage, the participation level, the civic engagement of all who participated in our meeting last night, its not to be taken lightly, it should be commended regardless of what side of the story you are on.”

According to the school districts website the original Red Raider name was introduced back in 1936, but now at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, it will drop the word red because it once was associated with its now retired Native American mascot.

However, the board agreed saying the Raiders will help restore school pride after this topic has caused a major divide.

“I realize change is hard, but I do recognize the importance of the raider pride and how that is threaded through our schools in so many different ways, I think we can retain that, I think that is good, and we can celebrate that. I’m not saying any of that is bad, but I think we can be more respectful.”

The district remains without a mascot at this time, but they hope to include the students, faculty, and staff to form a committee to help recreate its imagery to better reflect the nickname Raiders.

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