The editors of the school newspaper at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania are demanding that the school’s mascot, the “Bullet,” be replaced due to nationwide gun violence.
In an editorial published online by the Gettysburgian on June 13, the board argues that its mascot, the Bullet, is an “embarrassment” to students.
“So, as a college, how do we most often recognize our connection to those who gave their lives here so that this nation might live?” With our mascot, the “Bullet”. By identifying our school spirit with the weapon that took these lives,” reads the editorial.
The editorial writers then state that “gun violence is rife in America” and “bullet are not historical artifacts but enduring threats,” adding that the bullet “has historical relevance here in Gettysburg” but in other cities a “frightening significance.”
According to Gettysburg College’s website, the name “Bullets” is a “start on the Civil War battlefield.” The editorial notes that the mascot is a connection to “those who gave their lives here so that this nation might live.”
“These more recent debates surrounding the mascot bring us to today. Gun violence in America is rampant; Bullets are not historical artifacts, they are ongoing threats. Of course, the sphere has historical relevance here in Gettysburg, but it has chilling significance in many other cities across the country. Students returning to their hometowns where a shooting took place may not be as eager to represent the Bullets. Current students have had mass shootings in their cities. Current students have family members who have survived gun violence. T-shirts that say “Nothing travels faster than a speeding bullet” come off as more of a threat than encouragement off campus,” the editors say.
The play describes an on-campus dining facility, The Bullet Hole, as “objectively disgusting to eat” because it is allegedly “an extension of a mascot that’s unnecessarily gory, especially for the hospitality industry.”
Arguing that it’s unfair to “impose a mascot on Gettysburg 2022 that was built in 1924,” the editors state that “we’re a different generation than them,” and the mascot should be changed.
“Now it’s up to us to choose a mascot to represent us – we’re not tied to the Bullets just because students of the past have stuck with it. We’re a different generation than them: we grew up after Columbine and Sandy Hook and practiced active shooter practice. Just as it is unfair for us to apply our modern standards for an acceptable mascot to 1924 students, it is also unfair to continue to force Gettysburg to have a mascot built in 1924 in 2022,” the editor said.
The board concludes by arguing that students “deserve a mascot we’re proud of” and not one “that we’re embarrassed to explain.”
“We shouldn’t be eating at the Bullet Hole. Does the bullet represent doing great work? Does the sphere represent a peaceful future? Is the orb what best represents us, the Gettysburg College community? We, like many students over the last few decades, do not believe that,” the editorial concludes.
A spokesman for Gettysburg College told Fox News, “We encourage our students to voice views on issues that are important to them, including through the student newspaper. Productive dialogue is a hallmark of our education and is encouraged by all of our students.”
https://nypost.com/2022/07/02/gettysburg-college-newspaper-editorial-board-wants-bullets-mascot-changed/ Gettysburg College newspaper editors want the Bullets mascot to be changed