DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A petition is being circulated in Boyle County to get rid of the Boyle County High School ‘Rebel’ mascot because of its racist imagery, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
The petition says the image of a Civil War-era cavalry soldier astride a rearing horse with a saber held aloft leaves little to the imagination of the unspoken values held by the school, according to the petition in the newspaper report.
According to the petition in the newspaper’s report, the mascot celebrates people who attempted to secede from the United States in order to maintain slavery and is a racist image.
A spokeswoman for the Boyle County school district told the newspaper that officials are encouraging people interested in changing the mascot to contact the school council. Any proposed changes would begin at the school level with the Site-Based Decision Making Council.