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I live in the Wachusett Regional School District, which is great because it’s one of the best places to send your kids in the state. It’s a gigantic district, it’s great academically, and because it consists of 5 towns (Holden, Sterling, Princeton, Rutland, Paxton), and the population is so big they’re really good at sports and offer a variety of extracurricular activities that there simply isn’t enough demand for in smaller districts.
But all is not well in the WRSD, as the woke crowd has suddenly realized that the high school’s mascot is so offensive that it must be changed immediately.
The mascot is the Mountaineer, like the University of West Virginia. It’s a good name because Princeton has Mount Wachusett, the high school is called Wachusett, and people who historically lived in mountains were known as Mountaineers. Being called a mountaineer wasn’t offensive to mountaineers, and it was something they took pride in. They lived life simply, often without electricity and/or healthcare, but they had their guns and their freedom and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Today in Holden and Rutland we have a bunch of Blair homes and soccer moms, so it’s not exactly rustic living. But still, the best high school mascots are the ones that have a historical tie to the community – Buckeyes, Patriots, Cowboys, Minutemen, etc. Sure beats another team called the Wildcats.
But evidently some kids at Wachusett have decided this offends them, and one of them wrote the whiniest, most entitled op-ed in the local newspaper (Holden Landmark) that you will ever read. Excerpts in italics, rational commentary in bold.
I have loved much of my time at Wachusett Regional High School, but can I say that I am proud to be a Mountaineer? No, I can not. My reason for this is not just because of the horrible mascot image, but because of the atmosphere at the school. It feels that change will never occur and that it is not allowed. When a survey went out asking about the mascot, people said that it was just an attempt to calm those who opposed it. I heard that no matter what the results are, no change will occur. The atmosphere at WRHS over four years is one of hopelessness. Our wonderful teachers often support our ambitions, but the flame dies the second it leaves the classroom. Many say that we have other issues to focus on. I agree and it is foolish to think that students have not brought up these other concerns. I have. It feels like the administration is just waiting for the ambitious and outspoken students to give up or graduate. I have fought hard for all sorts of positive change to occur in vain. Do you want your children, our future, to grow up where they think that they can not make a difference? Where they feel that their opinions are not valued or not heard? This is what my peers and I have felt for years now.
Hopelessness?? Kid, if you feel hopeless because of the school mascot, then you may in fact be hopeless. And here’s a tip – if you want to be taken seriously, stop acting like Holden’s version of Veruca Salt. The world is not ending over a mascot, and your “sky is falling routine” makes rational people immediately dismiss you as a whiny suburban teenager who doesn’t understand how good he has it.
The other argument is that: “It is just an image.” If it is “just an image,” implying insignificance, then why get so upset that Wachusett students are calling for change? This is an opportunity to show the young people of our community that change is possible. If it is just an image, then why not let people change it?
Because that’s not how the world works sport. We don’t change things because you randomly decided to be offended by it. Plus, in a grown up land we understand that rebranding is very expensive. Every school uniform will have to be redone, the district will have to pay for a professional team to come up with something that a bunch of 16 year olds approve of, and then a couple years later the new, even more entitled group of kids will decide to be offended by the new logo. So that’s why we don’t change it on a whim.
Why not show the students, who walk down those halls feeling hopeless, that their voices can make change?
Like I said before, any chance you had at being taken seriously immediately went out the door when you said that kids are walking down those halls feeling hopeless. You’re extremely lucky to grow up in Holden. I grew up in Worcester, where the cure for a leaky ceiling was a bucket on the floor. I went to school with mostly kids who grew up living in poverty, and went back home to poor, working parents who had REAL problems to deal with. So yea, your feeling of hopelessness is pathetic and overly dramatic, and no rational adult takes you seriously when you say that.
Why not show them that their opinions are heard and respected? Why degrade them by saying they are not affiliated with the school they go to every day bright and early?
Translation – the only way to show me I’m respected is to give me everything I want when I throw a tantrum and use words like “hopeless.” You’re not being degraded because you didn’t get your way, and quite frankly you sound like the kind of kid who needs to learn the hard way that you don’t always get what you want. Your feelings don’t actually matter, and they never will. That’s how life works. Deal with it.
It is interesting that people think this is just about a gun or the gender. For some, it may be.
Guns and gender? Oh for FFS.
For me, this is about a lot more than that. Our mascot, besides being insensitive, outdated, and racist, is supposed to be a symbol of the school and of its students.
Wait…..racist? How in tarnation is this racist?
Racist against who? White people with no wifi? It’s a freaking caricature. The whole point is to turn real people in to cartoons. Kind of like this:
Do the Celtics offend you as well? Too bad. No one cares what you’re offended by. It’s not society’s job to cater to your meaningless feelings.
What I assume he’s getting at is that it’s racist because he naively believes this is some sort of confederate soldier fighting to preserve slavery. This of course shows how truly ignorant he is, because Mountaineers had no allegiance to either the confederacy or the Union. They were isolated mountain people in border states like Kentucky and West Virginia that just wanted to be left alone so they could drink moonshine and listen to the Carter Family. There were mountaineers in northern and southern states, but the southern Appalachians lived far, far away from southern life that you learn about in school.
I ask parents, do you want your student to be represented by that mountaineer? I think that they deserve a better symbol representing them. A mountaineer is an adventurer. The students of Wachusett, after four years of growth and study, are meant to be adventurers. They strive to make the world a better place, but an adventurer does not have to be represented by a stereotyped southerner.
Repeat after me – Mountaineers are not southerners. Some might be from the south, but they weren’t plantation owners. They actually hated those people because they were jealous of their wealth. Mountaineers were poor people with no shoes who lived in mountains and ate raccoon. Mount Wachusett is a mountain. This really isn’t that hard to figure out.
It can be anything or anyone. Why confine our students to such an image; why not let the students use their creativity and develop a new image for a mascot?
Because the mascot belongs to the graduates just as much as it does the current students. It doesn’t change on a whim because generation snowflake has decided it’s offensive.
I do not have a solution for what the mascot should look like, but why not have an open dialogue about what it could be?
Because you’re kids and your opinions don’t matter nearly as much as you think they do.
The survey asked if change is wanted, but it did not give visuals of what change would look like. In such a stagnant environment students need to see what change could look like. Students are interested in changing the mascot, but it is hard to change it if you do not see the other options. Just because keeping it is the easy option, does not mean that it is the right option for our current students and future generations.
It’s not just the easy option, it’s the free option. You gonna pay the tax increase that comes with fixing this? We’re one of the only districts in the state that doesn’t have free kindergarten. I’d rather pay for that so my kids can learn how to read instead of paying for something that caters to your “hopelessness.”
Every student out of the dozens I have talked to about the mascot has shown me a spark of creativity as the conversation progressed. They have shared their ideas of what the mascot could be. We must protect this creativity and let it grow.
Oh good, he polled some of his friends. Now we have to change it.
This is a movement that students have called on for years. Why shut down their ideas when you could listen to them?
They heard you loud and clear, they just chose not to give you what you wanted. I know you probably grew up throwing tantrums and getting everything you wanted, but that’s not the way the real world works.
As a community, do we want to continue this cycle of hopeless silence? We have the power to show our young people that change is possible. I believe that it would be a mistake not to use it. I will be proud to be a Wachusett Mountaineer when I feel that my peers voices are being heard and respected.
I can’t believe the Landmark published this, but I guess anything for clicks. The sad part is that thanks to the David Hogg effect there are adults out there who blindly agree with anything that 17 year olds say because they’re just happy to see a kid who isn’t sitting in front of his XBox eating Tide pods. Like this concerned citizen:
Shame on anyone who responded to this article negatively!! Whenever a kid says something stupid, like calling a Mountaineer racist, and it’s published in a newspaper, we all have to blindly clap for them because they said something that didn’t involve an emoji. And the adults are the entitled ones here, not the whiny kids who feel hopeless because of a mascot.
Then there was this:
She cried about a paragraph in which a high school senior said he felt hopeless because of a mascot. Maybe the kids aren’t the problem after all. It’s the people who are raising them to be like this.
Since when are mascots supposed to inspire you? What planet are these people living on? Do you think Washington Wizard fans watch a game and go out and buy themselves a magic set? This was our high school mascot at South High:
It’s allegedly a “Colonel.” It looks ridiculous and it didn’t make anyone in the school proud. It had no ties whatsoever to Worcester, but guess what? None of us felt hopeless when we saw it because we weren’t raised to be pansy asses.
Then there was Peggy…..
Well there it is – the stupidest thing I’ll read all day. We can’t have mascots with guns because it might offend people who have lost children in mass shootings at the hand of shoeless mountaineers. An actual adult said this, and this person’s vote counts just as much as your’s.
Luckily there were some rational people commenting.
God bless you Allyson. You don’t get what you want just because you have an opinion. If you feel hopeless then see a doctor, because you’re not ready for reality. Your facts are non-existent, and your understanding of what a mountaineer was is all wrong. Your ego is out of control, and you are not the leader of a movement that matters in the least bit. You’re just an entitled Gen-Z lucky sperm who has the luxury of growing up in a nice town so you don’t know what real problems are. Please, transfer to South High for a month so it can humble you and somewhat prepare you for life after high school.
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Kid needs to look at the bright side…at least the alum aren’t known as the Woolies (Millbury).
Great article @turtleboy! You must feel like quite the big man now that you’ve shat on a 17-year old. This is a great career move for you! I like how you pointed out that some people deal with horrible socioeconomic issues, but you support candidates who do jack shit to help them ameliorate their situations. It’s very heartening to see that the most pressing conservative outrage in our society is over a kid who wants to change the school mascot. Must be a great year for Republicans, what with your overwhelming success in the midterm elections.
If you have any questions, make sure to email you. I’ll send you back definitions of any words over your monosyllabic limit.
You see Karl, it’s like this. Some things sound like a good idea especially to a group of people who all think alike but in practice don’t really work out so well. The body of work that we attribute to your handle’s namesake is a perfect example although I suspect that the irony wasn’t intentional. The point is that humoring this kid any further will only result in a big waste of time, or even worse money. That is why this thing needs to get nipped in the bud.
Look man, I hate to engage in flamewars, so please take this as respectfully as you can. The mere fact that you’re on this website proves that there are ideas that “sound good” but don’t work. By going on a biased website like this, you form an echo chamber that merely reinforces your own preconceptions. A wall is not a good idea. An economic system in which there exist people who cannot afford healthcare, food, and housing is not a good idea (read: capitalism). But compared to these wastes of time and money, changing a mascot is relatively innocuous. I don’t think drastic changes need to be taken, but I don’t think a school mascot should have a gun. At the end of the day, this is a drop in the bucket.
Marx, you a fucking faggot.
That’s all. Your turn.
Allison’s postings made me rock hard. I so want to marry that woman.
Allison, hit me up!
You can kind of forgive the ignorant kid (even though he’s probably a bigot hating poor whites). He may not have had US history yet, but the brainless halfwit adults supporting him should know better. The 2 best known mountain “hillbilly” states, KY and WV, were Union states and supplied more soldiers for the north, but that’s probably too complicated for the virtue signaling mouthbreathers on facebook. Throw in Lincoln was from KY and WV only exists because it broke away from VA over the war and it looks even more uninformed bigotry. Hell even some areas in the Confederacy like north GA and east TN were pro Union.
I’m a real live, WRHS graduate, and I guess it’s a miracle that I survived that awful school and all of the hopelessness. Rather, I perceived no such problems when I was there.
I’m older, possibly older than anyone else reading this. I remember at the pep rally my freshman year. Let’s just say that was “a good two to three decades ago”. The Mountaineer role was prestigious and the person tapped to play the Mountaineer at each pep rally was esteemed among his peers. My freshman year, oh the horror, they Mountaineer’s appearance was accompanied by some actual flash-bang type devices and he shouldered his rifle and made some mock shots. Everyone cheered because it was school spirit. Nobody wrote to the paper to complain, nobody cried, nobody felt threatened, and everyone present (believe it or not) must have been mature enough to realize the difference between theatrics and real life. I was new to the school and my friends and I thought it was awesome. Nowadays if that happened I can’t imagine the backlash.
Fast forward to my junior or senior year, a girl wanted to be the Mountaineer. Anyone there at the time knows exactly what I’m talking about. Guess what? She was told if she wanted to do it, she had to carry the traditional Kentucky style rifle, and not wield a field hockey stick as she requested. Did you get that…the administration discouraged her from representing her field hockey team, and encouraged her to carry a replica rifle?!?! These snowflake types would drop dead if they heard of such things happening today! Oh the horror! Surely many people will perish!!
Gimme a break.
If you thought millenials kids were fucked up wait till you see GEN Z’ers spawn….
They should be the Unicorns! You could easily work a rainbow into that somehow. Although unicorns are usually white so maybe like a zebra unicorn. A zebra mini-horse unicorn that’s deaf and blind with an Afro mane that wears an inhaler around it’s neck and an epipen in its saddle bag. Maybe not a unicorn but a burro…
Now that’s turning it into Rock, paper, scissors.
Does a zebra unicorn beat a white unicorn?
Does a burro beat a zebra unicorn?
Does the size of the unicorns horn have any bearing on the “Winner”?
What if the unicorn is sad because the unicorns horn is small or broken?
Is there extra points if the unicorn is a trans unicorn?
If so, is a white trans unicorn more woke than a burro?
Good questions. Only thing that matters is, ALL unicorn (and SJW, and woke folk) farts stink.
Sorry, I find unicorns offensive, nice try
“Because you’re kids and your opinions don’t matter nearly as much as you think they do.”
Yeah what REALLY matters is the opinions of ex-teachers who could hack it. And unemployed key board douche bags blog commenters.
Aren’t there any old school bullies to shut this fucking pussy up??
That kid is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Send me and Weymouth John over there and we’ll take on all 5 towns
Guaranteed these SJW bottoms will fail at life. They already have.
Wachusett will be changing from the “Mountaineers” to the “Social Justice Warriors” for the incoming class of 2024 at which time field hockey uniforms will also include men’s sizes. Also, for WRHS alum if you haven’t already received the memo we no longer accuse the St John’s students of being gay, the Worcester students of being on welfare, or Tantasqua students of being inbred.
I think there should be a vote held by the townsfolk to decide what the new mascot will be. I vote for a Cisgender Wiccan named Moonwhisper.
Another Wow… just Wow.
Well expressed, Allyson. You could be the only rational adult in the room/ town/ school district. Too bad you’re going to be lambasted by your friendly neighborhood SJW’s.
Please, TBS, please try to get this snowflake on TB Live. Now THAT would be entertainment! Maybe Allyson, too.
In my area, mascots retired include Chiefs, Indians and Red Raiders (who at least survived as the Raiders). And nearby, Syracuse U had to deep-six the Saltine Warrior.
Cuse having to remove man from orangemen was disgusting. Our nations first volunteer fighting militia.
Just put a black face on the Mountaineer. Oh wait, can’t do that.
What’s next, Tom Brady is going to be called a racist because he smears black eye glare under his eyes.
Lighten up Francis, I mean Kevin.
It could be worse they could accuse Mary Poppins of being a racist. Oh my bad they just did. They could have accused Liam Neeson of being a racist because he was angry that his friend was raped. Oh my mistake they just did.
Hyphenated social justice soccer moms breeding little SJW whiners offended by a goddamn cartoon mascot. All the liberal progressive buzzwords are in this editorial;
“Progress”, “Racist”, “Hopelessness”, “Change”.Take a look at the future Massachusetts Democrats. The educational system has moved far left promoting this mental illness and it’s a plague on society. This SJW bullshit gets forced on us all, this recent article dated 2/1/2019 Worcester Telegram and Gazette :
“Worcester Announces New Affirmative Action Plan
WORCESTER – Worcester will hire and/or promote a job candidate who is a member of an underrepresented minority group over a white candidate with the same qualifications as part of a new affirmative action plan announced Friday. And city officials said the new policy, part of an effort to ensure the city’s workforce reflects its residents, has “the teeth” to be successful.
“Affirmative action is going to be true affirmative action,” said AiVi Nguyen, vice chair of the city’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which helped formulate the plan with chief diversity officer Suja Chacko.”
How is this not racist? They’re hiring based on race, that’s illegal according to federal employment laws. So if you’re white, qualified, or more qualified for a job position, you will be discriminated against and not hired or promoted. Textbook racist policies under the liberal label Affirmative Action. The job should go to the best qualified person not based on the color of your skin. Liberals and the so called “progressives” are hypocritical mentally ill people and their destructive policies are a cancer on this nation. Coming soon to a city or town near you.
In five years, whites will be the under-represented minority group in Worcester.
Just gotta wait it out.
Guaranteed the laws will change, too. LOL
My hometown of Walpole’s team is the Walpole Rebels, and we have a confederate flag hanging over our football field. Now that is racist…. not this bullshit.
How about changing to the Walpole Prisoners?
That Flag near Walpole High School is on private property. No amount of SJW bullshit is going to change what someone can do on their own land. We all know that the Confederate Flag is not a popular icon in this state and many others. But free speech comes in all shapes and forms.
In 1942 the kid would have been on a train to Parris island right now.
That’s more or less what happened to my father, except he opted for the Navy.
Figured it was a bit safer than the other services.
4 or 5 Island invasions being part of a landing craft crew changed his idea about safer.
He always told the story that his weapons in WWII were a hand gun and baseball bat.
If the ground troops didn’t leave the LC when then ramp dropped, you threatened them with the bat.
If threat didn’t work and they had a death grip on the gunwalls, you wacked their hands with the bat.
If that didn’t work, you threatened them with the gun. If that didn’t work you had orders to shoot them.
You came back with nobody. If someone was shot while in the LC, you dumped them overboard.
The reason is everyone is leaving the ship and there’s no time for the dead, wounded and scared.
Pretty sucking things for a 19 YO.
He never shot the gun, he did use the bat and he threatened with the gun.
Fast forward ten years, when Snowflake Jones here has graduated WRHS, has accumulated $100,000 in college loan debt, and now owns a house in the district.
Let’s say he gets his way, and the district changes the logo…..and spends millions of dollars to do so.
The same district that is already overburdened with skyrocketing costs to pay the healthcare and pensions of the hundreds of retired teachers still living (if you live in these towns and attend your town meetings, you will see that typically the single largest line item increase every year on the WRSD budget is benefits for retired teachers).
Who do you think will be the first person complaining about his taxes going up year after year to cover these expenses???? This student, who was NOT PROUD to be a Mountaineer and who campaigned for a new mascot without analyzing the fiscal impact on the district. This “child” has the vision of a blind person.
Grow up, Peter Pan.
You forgot, in 10 years Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez will be president and all loans will be forgiven, healthcare will be free, because the real men of this world, will be paying 70% tax to make sure these little snowflakes don’t melt
doesn’t matter anyway, according to AOC we’re all going to be dead in 12 years (now 11 years, 11 months) anyway from global warming.
Nation of Pussies
Come on. Let’s show him we care! Let’s show him a left hook really hurts! Let’s show him a kick to the balks is more than just painful, it’s a way to shut him the fuck up. We can do it! We care! A swirly will show him just how much love we have om our hearts for these whiny Fucks. Pretty soon there will be no school names. It will all be just a generic “High School” fucking kid nerds a bitch slap
I’m an alumni “77” and the first time I walked into the new gym for a basketball game back around 2004 I saw a giant W at center court instead of our Mountaineer. I just sat in the stands shaking my head, thinking WHAT THE FUCK. Grow up you f..ING pussy parents. You are ruining your children. Your Snowflake’s are not gonna make in the real world.
In my day this would have been met with the response “SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP” let’s try that approach again, it worked pretty well
He has 19 friends on Facebook LOL my dog has more friends than that ! Pathetic
Watch out for the trap that will be set here. They give into the kid and have a vote. They select five alternatives to select from. To no surprise, they don’t include the “mountaineer” name or image in the choices. Take it from me, that’s what they did in Auburn 25 years ago. They wouldn’t allow the “dandies” nickname\mascot as one of the choices.
By 2020, you will have the Wachusett Binary Trans Questioning Amoeba as you mascot.
And once it is done, it can never be changed because doing that would be ‘hurtful’.
Not a lot different than progs who keep bringing up votes when votes don’t go their way until it does.
THEN, it’s settled.
Progs are like locust, eating their way through something and then moving on, not giving a shit for what happens after they leave.
Turners Falls had a non-binding vote to keep the mascot “The Indians”.
That wasn’t good enough for the “woke” on the School Committee
They changed it to “The Thunder”. Gave the town 3 choices, no write ins.
Took about 2 years.
Great comment by Debbie Sacra.
Tell you what, Debbie….please go back to Liberia with Dr. Rick and keep on curing Ebola.
You’re good at that (except when your husband got sick and almost died from the disease), what you’re not very good at is realizing the mascot is just that…a mascot, and if these children are looking at the WRHS Mountaineer for inspiration, maybe they need to aim higher in life.
Life is hard….you know that more than most….these kids have no concept of LIFE outside of Instagram, Fortnite and Snapchat. The cost of real LIFE is unknown to kids today, and that’s why this country is going to hell in a hand basket.
Imagine this snowflake op-ed writer in Liberia with the doctor and his wife for a few months?
The Mountaineer mascot won’t seem so important when he wakes up to how hopeless life can be for some.
For God’s sake snowflake put down the vegan Cheetos and pull yourself together. Is this what passes for enlightened thought? A cartoon mascot stole all my hope. Wtf.. can’t anyone recognize mental illness, malingering and toxic self-pity when they see it? Who is enabling this foolish child? May Gunnery Sgt. Hartman kick you in the crotch.