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Hamlin students protest decision to remove mascot

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CORPUS CHRISTI -

The removal of the Hamlin Middle School rebel mascot lead to a student protest, Thursday morning. 

"It's a part of history and we can't take away all of our history," said Reina Leanne Flores, an 8th grader at Hamlin Middle School. 

About a dozen students showed up with signs and held a demonstration in front of the school. Students say, they want the rebel mascot restored. 

Last week, school leaders were ordered by district officials to get rid of it. The only explanation administrations provided was that they heard concerns from the community. But some students said they disagree with the decision and want to keep their mascot the same. 

"I feel like the rebels is no longer a symbol of slavery, no longer a symbol of the confederacy, it's just a symbol of pride for Hamlin," said Alyssa Garcia, 8th Grader at Hamlin Middle School. 

Flores is behind a petition that's gathered more than 100 signatures and she plans to give it to school board members at their next meeting.

"This is my last year, I don't want to be a rebel for two years and then be something else my last year," said Flores. 

District officials say they will involve the community in the selection of a new mascot. 

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