The school district has been working towards planning the mascot changes for Montrose High and Centennial Middle, but a letter from the state told the district that Johnson Elementary, whose mascot is the Thunderbirds, needs to be changed as well.
In response, the district sent its own letter contesting the change, Staff Writer Anna Lynn Winfrey reports.
Superintendent Carrie Stephenson argued that changing the Thunderbird mascot does not align with requirements specified in the new law, as the thunderbird is a multicultural mythical creature that is not a dehumanizing depiction of Native American people. She also argued that changing the mascot would be too expensive.
Thunderbirds are primarily associated with Native American culture, but mythical birds certainly are represented in other cultures as well.
What do you think about the district's decision? And what do you make of the state making this request?