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Utah school drops cougar mascot after parents complain

Washington, Sat, 21 Jan 2012 ANI

Washington, Jan 21 (ANI): A Utah school board overruled a student vote to adopt cougar as the school's new mascot because the word can be considered a derogatory term.


Cougar is a large, tawny cat, Felis concolor, of North and South America. But the word also means "an older woman who seeks sexual relationships with younger men."


Instead, the mascot for the new high school opening in Draper, Utah, will be the Charger, the LA Times reported.


Students headed for the new Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah, were asked to fill out mail-in ballots to choose a mascot and colours for the new school, slated to open in 2013.


"Cougars" was the top vote getter, followed by Diamondbacks, Raptors and Falcons. Students were initially slated to choose from those four possibilities for a winner.


"However... we have received numerous e-mail messages and phone calls from parents and patrons in Draper asking us to reconsider the inclusion of 'Cougars' as a mascot option," according to a memorandum prepared by Canyons School District's superintendant, David S. Doty.


Some people complained that "cougars" is used by other area schools, Doty noted, but "many also have commented on the negative double entendre of the word 'cougar.'"


And with that, the board decided this week to choose the Charger as the new mascot.


In less controversial news, the new school's colours will be navy, silver and white, even though some complained those are too similar to Brigham Young University's colours. (ANI)



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