A single email to the CCISD School Board prompted District officials to order a change to the Hamlin Rebel mascot, according to the district's response to a 6 Investigates request for information, filed under state open records laws.
The email, sent by a man with no clear ties to school board or district officials, expresses concern over the Rebel logo that once appeared on a fence bordering Hamlin school property and Staples Street. The email also questions the message the logo sends.
"I suggest you ask yourselves what values you are promoting, and what lessons of history are implicitly being taught," the email reads. "How can CCISD be so out of step with majority (sic) of the nation on the issue of confederate symbols on public land?"
6 Investigates requested copies of "all emails, memos letter or correspondence, and/or transcripts of any voice mails or public meetings, in which a party or parties expressed concern for the Hamlin Middle School 'Rebel' mascot."
We made the request in response to the district's claims that "community concerns" prompted the Superintendent to order the Rebel logo removed, and the mascot changed, late last month.