Online petition asking Mohawk Trail Regional School to preserve Native American painting

Franklin County

An online petition is calling on the Mohawk Trail Regional School Community to preserve Native American imagery found in the school’s gymnasium.

A Mohawk graduate of the Class of 1978 began a petition drive last week and as of Wednesday afternoon, it has nearly 2,000 signatures.

The petition objects to removing the large painting of a Native American painted on the school’s gymnasium wall, which was gifted by the Class of 1978.

The online petition reads that the decision to remove the painting was made “without consulting the community, the Class of 1978, nor the taxpayers.” They feel they “should be included in the decision instead of just a few school officials behind closed doors.”

The petition also offers a compromise between the Classes of 2019 and 1978.

Mohawk Trail Regional High School Co-Principal Marisa Mendonsa had told 22News she’s confident that the school community will find the right way to move forward in this debate.

A school committee meeting will be held Wednesday night at Mohawk Trail Regional School at 7 p.m. to talk about the Native American imagery.

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