LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A petition to keep Stallions as the mascot for Lexington's newest high school is nearing its goal of 1,000 signatures.
On Monday, Fayette County Public Schools named a head football coach and unveiled the school colors, logo and mascot name for Frederick Douglass High School.
The announcement sparked a backlash. A petition calling the mascot choice sexist quickly gained attention.
By Tuesday, FCPS announced it would keep the school colors and mascot logo, but would drop the mascot name. Instead, incoming students would be allowed to decide on the name for the mascot.
On Thursday, a competing petition to keep the name Stallions was posted on Change.org.
"The point of the Stallions was not to denounce women, but to honor the rich history of the land the school is being built upon," wrote Drew Rodriguez and Bilal Chhadh, authors of the petition.
As of Friday morning, there were more than 730 signatures.