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Utah School Rejects ‘Cougar’ Mascot to Avoid Offending Older Women
|Contributor||Homegrown Democrat |
|Last Edited||Homegrown Democrat Jan 20, 2012 05:29pm|
|News Date||Saturday, January 21, 2012 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Team mascots have a history of offending. Organizations from professional football franchises to inconspicuous elementary schools have often come under scrutiny for mascots referencing Native Americans, for example. But choosing, say, an animal, and not an ethnic group, has generally been a safe bet. Until now. |
Canyons School Board members in Draper, Utah have rejected the “Cougars” as a high school mascot, deeming it offensive to older women. When granted the opportunity to vote, nearly a quarter of Corner Canyon High School’s future students opted for alliteration and settled on the Corner Canyon Cougars, Salt Lake City Fox affiliate KSTU reported. Despite the fact that the Cougar is one of the most common school monikers in the country, the board vetoed the choice.