On Monday, Keller Independent School District trustees discussed a push by some members of the community to change the mascot of Keller High School - currently the Keller Indians.
“Making us into your mascot, we are human beings – no other race has to go through this and it’s not right,” said Yolonda Blue Horse, who attended the meeting.
Blue Horse and others spoke up during public comment, urging the district to change the name.
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“I think that what’s displayed here, with all the young people showing up, we care. We want them to know that we care,” said Cameron Munn, a Keller High School sophomore who believes the name should be changed.
Keller ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall told trustees he recommended tabling any action until September to allow logistics to be sorted out. All trustees agreed that community input should be a key deciding factor on any name change.
“I do not think this needs to wait that long, we can form a group to look into this,” said Trustee Craig Allen. “I think as leaders, this is an opportunity for us to do what’s right.”
Other trustees recommended allowing time for a further sampling of community opinion.
“We do have community input from one side, we need to get it from the other,” said Trustee Cindy Lotton.
No immediate action was taken on the matter by the board, which will get further information on the issue from Westfall at a future meeting.