Parents mortified by American high school 'penises' mascot name

A phoenix is a mythical firebird with the ability to be continuously reborn from its own flames. HOW IS THAT NOT AN AWESOME MASCOT DAD

A phoenix is a mythical firebird with the ability to be continuously reborn from its own flames. HOW IS THAT NOT AN AWESOME MASCOT DAD

A dad in Utah has created a Change.org petition asking his kids' school district to change the mascot for the soon-to-open Farmington High School in Utah's Davis School District.

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. But the grammar of the mascot's name anxious local dad Kyle Fraughton once he discovered that the plural of Phoenix is "Phoenices".

Neither Kyle Fraughton nor the school district responded to Mashable's request for comment before the time of publication. However, it didn't sound right to us, so we looked online to makes sure that we were saying the pluralized word of Phoenix correctly.

Fraughton started a petition to change the name, writing, "We were horrified to hear that the phonetics of the word Phoenices are far too close to the word penises". He's just the overwhelmingly attractive immortal bird to convince these Concerned Parents that Phoenixes, or Phoenices, or, sure, The Phoenix, are f*cking awesome, even if, okay, the plural form of their name does sorta maybe kinda sound like a dick if you wanted to hear it that way. 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. I've got bad news. "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.

The school has made it clear the word phoenix will never be pluralized.

"We do use the mascots in their plural form but just saying phoenix even sounds fantastic", said Burgoyne. "We are The Phoenix". But Fraughton's fears have not been assuaged. 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. We are already being referred to as the Phoenices. At publication time, almost 3,000 people have signed the petition for a new school mascot. For one thing, they actually did a bit of research on this and contacted other schools that use a phoenix for their mascot.

"I kind of left with an impression like I have to show these guys there is support for changing the mascot for this reason, otherwise this is just going to stay the same", Fraughton said.

Plus, if they changed it they'd probably have to go with the runner up in the student vote: the Farmers.

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