Football players in Caldwell just wanna have fun, and part of that fun is doing tomahawk chops before the big game. That may or may not change, depending on whether Superintendent Daniel Gerardi gets his way. From the Star Ledger:
“The war chants, the tomahawk chop, are not respectful or responsible,” Gerardi said yesterday. “We don’t feel that’s appropriate.”
Gerardi added that school cheerleaders would no longer use “the reservation cheer,” which ends with the words, “Beat those tom-toms, boom, boom, boom.”
Parents in the high school booster club, known as the Gridiron Club, are starting a petition to have the decision rescinded, said Kim Sirvan, president of the club. Sirvan said besides disagreeing with the decision, parents and students are angry they weren’t consulted before the cheers and songs were taken away.
“Why wasn’t this brought to us as a town?” she asked. “Why wasn’t it brought to the kids?”
Some parents are so upset, she said, they have threatened to protest the decision by wearing Native American costumes to tomorrow’s home game against Montville and by playing the Florida State Seminoles’ theme music from the bleachers.
Now that might be worth a trip over to Caldwell. Meanwhile — what’s your take — is it harmless or harmful?