Salem to switch witch school?

Witchcraft Heights Elementary School in Salem, Massachusetts may be renamed, reports the Boston Globe. It seems a shame to lose the historical association, though “Witchcraft Heights” was crafted by a housing developer. The school, built 30 years ago, took the development’s name.

Founded in 1626 as a seaport, Salem was home to the witch trials of 1692. Uneasy with its witchy history, “the city recently redesigned its logo to represent the two faces of its profile,” reports the Globe. “Depending on how you look at it, the logo is either a conical witch hat or sailboat.”

A proposal to rename the elementary school after Leonard O’Leary, a late city councilor, has neighbors taking sides.
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  1. As a Christian, I’d be a bit uncomfortable with sending my child to “Witchcraft Heights Elementary”. I know it probably doesn’t have anything to do with the real occult but still, there are so many positive names out there, why not pick one of them and avoid even the mention of something problematic?

  2. This reminds me of the effort, in California, to rename Mount Diablo.

  3. I’ve been to Salem twice. Last summer and about 10 years before that.

    Unfortunately, the place is becoming more and more touristy in a tacky way.

    It’s a shame.

    The history is interesting. The drive to capitalize on it in such a cheesy way is sad.

  4. As a Christian, I’d be completely comfortable with the names and I’d have the husband snapping pictures of the kids and I grinning in front of the sign.

    Very neat name. The kids must beam when they get to tell kids from out of town where they go to school! 😀