Parents petition CCISD to keep Hamlin's Rebel mascot

Mother and daughter fight for Hamlin rebel logo

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - On Monday, a Hamlin Middle School student and her mother presented a petition asking for the reinstatement of the school's mascot to the Corpus Christi Independent School District Board.

The school was swept up in a wave of anti-confederate sentiment that has swept the country.

Hamlin's mascot, the rebel, became a casualty two weeks ago.

"A real rebel is a thinker, a doer, and a good citizen who succeeds and is patriotic," parent Selene Lobato said.

Lobato went to Hamlin in 1987.

"Hamlin was born a rebel in 54 and should stay a rebel," Lobato said.

And exactly three decades later, her daughter is now walking those same halls.

So when both heard the news that CCISD removed their mascot.

"It made me really sad and irritated that people would think that its still a symbol of slavery but no its just a symbol of our school pride," 8th grader and Lobato's daughter Raina Flores said.

On Thursday, Flores and her friends held signs in front of the school protesting the decision. She also started a petition with over 100 signatures.

"Parents came by and we got parents to sign it then and we got more student to sign it also," Flores said. 

The mother and daughter presented the petition to the CCISD board and explained why the mascot shouldn't be taken negatively. 

"I do understand what's going on across the United States but that's part of our history," Lobato said.

Despite appearances, Flores says the Hamlin Rebel is not a confederate soldier.

"The confederate was grey," Flores said. "If you look at the mascot, ours is blue and it's not grey.

Flores and Lobato's presentation was during audience participation so the board was unable to comment on it. The two said even if nothing is done...

"Everybody should have the opportunity to give their side and tell how they feel," Lobato said.

"Nothing is going to happen if you don't say anything," Flores said.

The district is giving students, parents and faculty an opportunity to come up with ideas for the new mascot. They hope to make a decision in the coming weeks.

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