NEWTON, NJ—Will the Newton Brave be the next thing to be canceled? The issue has brought people out on both sides of the question; a letter requesting the removal and a petition to save it.
Newton School Superintendent Kennedy Greene said he is aware there is a petition but has not received it.
The link to a petition posted on ipetitions named “Save the Newton Brave” has been shared over the last week on Newton related facebook pages, seeking to save the familiar school district mascot.
According to the petition, “a letter was sent to the Board of Education asking to have the Newton High School mascot, the Newton Brave, removed and banned claiming it is racist.”
Greene said some alumni have reached out to him recently to “share their concerns, which were focused on the Indian head logo that has been used in our district, not necessarily on the nickname Braves”.
The board of education members, according to Greene have expressed an interest in discussing the use of the Indian head logo at the July 28 meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m.
Greene said, “The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a brave as ‘one with mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty,’ which is what I believe we mean in Newton when we use the phrase ‘it's a good day to be a Brave.’”
“The fate of the Newton Brave could be in our hands,” the petition states, “The Brave on the front of the high school was removed and may never return! If you would like to keep The Newton Brave as our mascot, please sign your name to this petition.”
The petition, currently has 2,145 signatures out of the 3,000 that it needs, and over 500 comments such as the one from Ruthann Chattaway; "I graduated from Newton High School and I am proud to be a member of the Braves."