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County Residents Will Decide If School Will Keep Its Mascot

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Floyd County residents will get to decide if Allen Central will keep the rebel flag and mascot.

The school board made the decision after listening to comments at their meeting Wednesday night.

Allen Central Rebel fans came to the school board meeting to show support for their Rebel Mascot and flag.

Nearly a hundred teachers, parents, students and even former students filled the gym...pleading to keep everything the way it is.

Allen Central Middle and High schools have recently come under fire for using a Rebel Mascot and flag to represent the school, but students say the emblem isn't used as a sign of hate or discrimination.

School board members say they haven't seen any problems from past or current students acting negatively towards others.

One member even showed her support while students begged to keep their mascot.

School board members say the community chose the Rebel mascot in 1972 when the school opened.

They say the community should decide once again.

The school council will get the issue and gather input on what to do.

"The people in the community have the opportunity to provide their perspective. It may remain the same as it is, but at least there's some dialogue about it," Superintendent Dr. Paul Fanning said.

No one at the meeting said they were against the Rebel flag and mascot, but now the entire community will decide if it stays or goes.

School board officials say the state board of education is also looking at the issue to see if they need to take any action.


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