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Barnstable to Reveal Mascot Options in Student Survey

The Barnstable school district plans to launch a survey next week to gauge student opinion about choices for a new mascot.

School Committee member Barbara Dunn said the survey will go to students at the high school and intermediate school to “really have the student voice be the deciding factor.”

The three proposed mascots have not been announced. An advisory committee gathered ideas for the mascot in a previous community-wide survey.

Barnstable has decided to eliminate the name “Red Raider” and the feather logo because many people in the community consider the name — and Native American mascots in general — to be racist.

“We did adopt an anti-racist resolution,” Dunn said, “and I feel very passionate about having our school district and our community welcoming to all.”

She said red will still be the school color.

Jennette Barnes is a reporter and producer. Named a Master Reporter by the New England Society of News Editors, she brings more than 20 years of news experience to CAI.