In Lexington, Kentucky, local school officials have caved to a massively underwhelming petition and ditched the mascot for a new school because some people decided it was “inappropriate and sexist.”
The petition, which received only 214 out of the 500 signature goal, aimed to persuade the local school district to remove the name “stallions” from a new school being built.
Frederick Douglass High School had planned on having the stallion mascot, but some students were too triggered by it. The folks behind the petition are mad because a stallion is another name for a male horse, and it is absolutely appalling to think that females should be associated with a school represented by a male figure (ignoring the fact that the school itself is named after a man).
“What message does this send to our daughters and granddaughters? Our sons and grandsons? ” the petition read. “We demand that the name be changed to something more gender neutral and more indicative of Douglass’ brilliant mind, successful career and vision for equality and to send a message to all students that they are respected and valued.”
Fayette County Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk issued a statement Tuesday night explaining the decision. “Since the public announcement of the mascot Monday, we have received feedback from some community members who have concerns about the mascot, and we want assure our constituents that there was absolutely no intent to offend or upset anyone.”
“Hopefully a more appropriate, inclusive, gender neutral name can be found,” said Diane Cahill, the woman behind the online petition.
The school will still keep the original colors, orange and green, and the horse logo will also remain. Essentially the only thing changing is the name of the horse, which students will be allowed to choose themselves. (Maybe Horsey McHorseface? That’s gender neutral).