Debate over Lancaster mascot continues as students prepare to vote on new one

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Lancaster School District could have a new mascot in the next couple of weeks.

Many people, like high school senior, Kaitylnn Delano believe it’s not a good idea. “It sucks. I like to refer to myself, still as a Redskin. But it’s not. You’re not the Redskins. You’re not anything,” she said.

Delano said some seniors feel as if they don’t have a school identity right now. “We’re just voting to get a name. We don’t want to graduate without a name.”

Some students say if change must come, then they prefer to embrace it. They want to start fresh.

“I like it. I think it’s a lot of fun,” Kelsey Fritton, a junior at Lancaster High School said.

Students are being asked to pick a new mascot, because in March the Lancaster School Board unanimously voted to remove the old one.

Earlier this year, two school districts canceled games against Lancaster due to the name.

Many Native Americans told News 4 the word Redskin is offensive and a racial slur.

However, some residents have explained that it represents a sense of pride and honor.

Students will vote on the new mascot on May 27th using Erie County Board of Elections ballot machines.

Many parents told News 4 that taxpayers should be included in the vote.

“Everyone together should vote on this matter,” Kevin Brainard, a parent to two students in the district said. “Our school board has more important things to do.”

Students will be able to choose from the following mascots: the Lancaster alphas, legends, dragons, pride, jaguars, red hawks and the knights.

“I like the Lancaster Dragons. I think it’s a great name for a mascot,” Fritton said.

However Delano replied, “I want my old name back.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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