A bit of the Hamlin pride in the form of their mascot is being replaced. Parents and former students are not too happy about the decision.
"This is so wrong of them taking the rebels, over 50 years they've had that name," said Armando Luis Barrera.
According to a press release by the Corpus Christi Independent School District, "CCISD recently received feedback from community members expressing concerns regarding the Hamlin mascot, the Rebel. Similar concerns have been shared with schools and cities throughout the nation."
The release continues by stating, "In light of the concerns expressed in our community, CCISD removed the Rebel mascot yesterday and replaced it with an interim logo."
This sudden changed triggered reaction from parents and alum of the school. "Our grand-kids are into so many sports, so many different things, they all have their Hamlin Rebel, and they love it," said Nadine Barrera.
Alums expressed their feelings by stating that the mascot should not be associated with the south or civil war, instead, it should be a sense of school pride. "It's like being a Texan, you know independent, hard working, independent of thought, not following the crowd," said Sarah Cook.
School officials say, they are working on a couple of options for a new mascot. The Hamlin community will be allowed to vote for their favorite choice but the school board will have the final say.
A petition started by a Hamlin alum called "Keep Hamlin Rebel Logo" is being shared on social media. The petition has gathered more than 500 signatures.
"A mascot is forever, like a Buc, they are forever, and Hamlin Rebels are forever, and they shouldn't take them away, I don't think it's right," said Barrera.
It is unknown how long it will take to replace the mascot.
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