Hundreds turn out for debate over Massachusetts high school mascot

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Hundreds Turn Out for Debate Over Massachusetts High School Mascot

(WCVB) -- There was no doubt that school pride was evident. School colors dominated the bleachers at Tewksbury Memorial High School in Massachusetts last week.

Hundreds attended an information night Wednesday to defend a mascot some find offensive.

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The Redman mascot has come under attack before, but the battle this time around has drawn passionate arguments.

"Tonight I stand here in my old football jersey as tonight we fight our greatest battle yet," one parent said.

Parents on the other side of the debate sounded off.

"This is not about being politically correct," one parent said. "This is about empathy. Empathy is about when you understand and share in another person's or group's experiences and emotions."

The superintendent called the town-wide meeting after the issue surfaced last month.

After input last week and more meetings, it will be up to the superintendent to decide whether or not the district should make a change.

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