To school administration:
I am writing to you today to speak as the voice of the student body and community who support keeping the Dixie fight song.
I understand the decision has been made without consideration of the student vote. We were not given a chance to be heard; you did this is a manner unbecoming of a student leader.
We are taught that our voice matters, that this is our school and our campus to be proud of. We work very hard to represent our school name, mascot and community. We are the ones who show the success of this school. It is our work ethic that you are dependent on to show high testing scores to the state. How can we continue to see that this is our school if we do not have a considered voice? We are students who care about our rights, our fellow classmates opinions and we fight hard for what we believe in. We believe in each other and I feel we should have an opportunity to be heard. This decision was made when our school was on summer break. The decision could have waited until the first week of school. You were thoughtless in leaving us out.
I am asking you to give us a chance. I created a petition that has been ongoing for signatures since the release of the Austin American Statesman article and the threat to our song and mascot July 11th 2015, attached you will find the signatures and the comments of all who support and have signed. Please take the time to look at what your students, alumni and community are saying. We have 1500 signatures. It was rumored that you will be removing the mascot at a later date of possibly the next year or two. What can you give us to insure the protection of our mascot?
Please reconsider leaving the student voice out of your choice. It is we who make this school great, without us it is just a hollow lifeless building.
Hays class of 2016