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Petitions gaining steam both for and against North Haven High School’s mascot

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NORTH HAVEN -- A growing number of people in North Haven are calling on the School District to change North Haven High School's mascot from the Indians to something else.

The petition, posted to change.org, claims the mascot is offensive and disrespectful. As of Wednesday night 315 people had digitally signed it. An opposing change.org petition to keep the Indians as the mascot had 1,300 digital signatures as of Wednesday night.

The news comes as a surprise to many in the high school community who say the mascot isn't offensive, merely a cultural icon. "We're the Indians," said Linda Steinman, a parent. "I don't think it's derogatory. It's the mascot of the team and it's a tradition here in North Haven."

A Facebook page has also been set up in favor of keeping the Indians name.

Calls to the school district were not returned, but parents say the school board will take up the issue in a future meeting in the spring.

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