One man in Utah began a petition Friday to vary the mascot of a brand new highschool, arguing that the title will doubtless turn out to be the butt of a grimy joke.
The mascot for Farmington High School, anticipated to open in 2018, is ready to be a phoenix, based on The Salt Lake Tribune.
But based on the petition, resident Kyle Fraughton is anxious that when supporters yell “Go Phoenices!” at occasions, it’ll sound like they’re saying a completely completely different phrase. And as of Tuesday night time, greater than three,000 folks agreed with him.
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“We were horrified to hear that the phonetics of the word Phoenices are far too close to the word penises,” Fraughton wrote on the petition. “I don’t mean to be crass, but don’t want there to be confusion around the point I am trying to make.”
Fraughton mentioned he first realized the similarity when he and a few neighbors have been training their cheers and regarded up the proper plural type of “phoenix,” which might be “phoenices.”
He argued on the petition that individuals will simply make the connection, simply as he did, and will probably be used in opposition to the college within the type of crude humor.
“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,” he wrote. “In an effort to be humorous and get below the participant’s pores and skin, opposing pupil our bodies will most definitely chant issues resembling, “Go Phoenices!” That will simply be the start because it doesn’t take a lot creativeness to determine how vulgar this might get.”
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Fraughton then proposed that college students, who selected a phoenix as their mascot, be allowed to vote a second time so the Davis County School District doesn’t “bear the responsibility of our children being bullied.”
Chris Williams, a rep for the college district advised Fox 13 Now, “We don’t see anything about the plural version of phoenix having anything to do what’s going to be happening at the school or on the football field.”
“We think students are going to rise to the occasion,” Williams mentioned.