Somewhere along the line, this country became incredibly "politically correct".  Everyone seems to be afraid of offending someone else and I feel like it's made us all a little thin skinned.  I'd like to applaud this school for changing their mascot back to their  original choice.

North Myrtle Beach Intermediate School has been called "The Lighthouses" for a couple years now.  But that is all about to change.  Their original mascot was "The Braves" but somewhere along the line, that name was nixed for the fearsome lighthouse.  Wait...what? 

How do you get fired up for a lighthouse?  Whose idea was that?  If you're cheering on your team, don't you want something that at least sounds a little intimidating?

Needless to say, the students have requested that the school change the mascot and now thanks to the investigation of their new principal, that is going to happen.

“It’s hard to cheer for a lighthouse,” said board member Mary Gail Stanaland

As it turns out, the school never really officially changed their mascot in the first place.  After some investigation, new principal Melissa Spearman found that the plan to return the school to "The Brave" will proceed without any red tape.

According to, a mascot is defined like this:


   /ˈmæskɒt, -kət/ Show Spelled[mas-kot, -kuht]
(noun) an animal, person, or thing adopted by a group as its representative symbol and supposed to bring good luck: The U.S. Navy mascot is a goat.

I'm not trying to be offensive myself.  I'm more trying to understand why these names have to be changed in the first place.  Maybe I'm naive in thinking that Braves are synonomous with courageous warriors.  Why wouldn't  you want that to represent your school?

[Myrtle Beach Online]