Parents petition to change school's 'crass' sounding mascot

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

A petition that aims to change the mascot of a high school being built in Utah has already gained thousands of signatures.

Having already anticipated confusion, Richard Swanson, Farmington High School's principal, released a statement alongside the original mascot announcement that said the word would only be used in the singular. Other student-suggested mascots included the Farmers, Eagles, Firebirds, Silverback, Fox and Silverfox. But parents are urging the Davis School District to reconsider the name because when pluralized, some say it would sound like "penises" and lead to crude jokes.

In his explanation, Fraughton claims he discovered the penis problem while "practicing" cheers that his children would one day chant while attending the school.

"We were horrified to hear that the phonetics of the word "Phoenices" are far too close to the word "penises", Fraughton writes in his petition.

The group tried cheering for "Phoenixes", but the plural form didn't sound right, Fraughton said.

The petition explains, when cheering for the team, no one will say "go, phoenix, ' and instead use the plural form of phoenix, saying "go, phoenices".

According to the school district, the mascot's name was selected by students who will be attending the school next fall.

"I have kids that will go to this school and that's a big part of it". "There are many people who find this type of thing amusing, and all it will take is one person to figure it out before it goes viral", he wrote. "So we changed our cheer to, 'Go Phoenices!' Which is when the concern began to set in".

With this scenario playing out, there will be a never ending barrage of references to male anatomy directed at our children as they participate in any kind of sports against other schools. That will just be the beginning as it doesn't take much imagination to figure out how vulgar this could get.

Rather than offering his own alternative mascot, Fraughton is asking that the administration give future Farmington students the chance to vote again with Phoenix completely off the table.

The concerned resident reached out to representatives from the Davis School District and the high school's administrators, but after lengthy talks, he said his concerns were dismissed. "I would like to proudly wear my sweatshirt of the high school that has the name of the mascot on it and not feel any embarrassment", he said.

At publication time, almost 3,000 people have signed the petition for a new school mascot.

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