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

Phoenix Phoenixes or Phoenices? Petitioner worries new Utah school mascot’s name will invite crude jokes

A rendering of the new Farmington High School scheduled to open in fall 2018

After first hearing about the mascot of Phoenix, I was practicing some cheers for the upcoming school year with a couple of my neighbors just for fun.

However, his initial efforts to change the mascot's name to something less phallic have been dismissed by representatives of the Davis School District.

"We are one. We are The Phoenix", Swanson said. Because the plural of phoenix is phoenices, which is just a little too close to penises for Mr. Fraughton's comfort.

The mascot's name was decided via popular vote by parents, students of neighbouring Davis and Viewmont high schools and the future students that will attend Farmington.

Farmington High School is yet to open its doors and Fraughton believes the awkward oversight can be resolved before autmn of 2018. So we changed our cheer to, "Go Phoenices!" "I don't mean to be crass, but don't want there to be confusion around the point I am trying to make", Fraughton wrote on his petition. Almost all school mascots are referred to in the plural form (Darts, Vikings, Braves, Wildcats, etc.), so when you think about cheering, "Go Phoenix!" It sounds a bit unusual because it is grammatically incorrect. "I'm confident that the district does not want to bear the responsibility of our children being bullied as a result of our school mascot", he wrote.

"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", Fraughton writes in his petition.

Some say that sounds a lot like a part of the male anatomy. We are already being referred to as the Phoenices. In an effort to be amusing and get under the player's skin, opposing student bodies will most certainly chant things such as, "Go Phoenices!"

"It doesn't take much imagination to figure out how vulgar this could get", he adds.

According to the school district, the mascot's name was selected by students who will be attending the school next fall. But the grammar of the mascot's name anxious local dad Kyle Fraughton once he discovered that the plural of Phoenix is "Phoenices". "I have no interest in my daughter or my son playing sports and getting referred to as something like a penis". He pleads for the school distract to change the "well-intentioned, but potentially risky choice".

The petition garnered over 2,800 signatures thus far, but the school district has no plans on changing the name.

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