Larned High School puts a new twist on an old senior tradition.
You may remember the controversy their mural caused last year. People were outraged by the way students depicted their mascot, the Indian. There were concerns after last year's mural was painted -- a mural that cause quite a bit of controversy. Their images and words were enough to spark a racial discrimination complaint against the city.
So there were concerns when this year's senior class began painting their mural.
But the Larned High senior class made a splash. You wouldn't know by looking at it, but the "mess" was carefully crafted. This year's seniors were unsure what would be acceptable and according to them -- didn't want to offend anybody.
At the beginning, students attempted to paint really carefully, but then one person threw a gallon of paint and the rest of the class followed.
The students are trying to imprint a new tradition. This year, seniors painted their mural on school property instead of the traditional spot on the street in front of the school. You also won't find a single Indian symbol here -- instead you find the class motto: "I will not take the path well traveled but I will go where there is no path and I will leave a trail."
The class bonded together by painting positive memories.
When it comes time for next year's seniors to make their mark, Indian symbols can still be used. But Larned High's principal says they'll keep a closer eye on the paint job.