Posted by Bleacher Sports on January 15, 2019 07:39:00 The parents of a six-year-old Goldfish swim club in Florida are outraged after their school district sent their children home from a swim school and gave them a new name.
The school district’s official Twitter account posted the new name on Wednesday and the family is now demanding a refund from the district, WGCL-TV reported.
“The name is just a terrible, horrible name for a school,” the family’s attorney, Mark Gossett, told WGLC-TV.
“This is a horrible name, and the kids shouldn’t have to live with that.”
A spokesperson for the district told the station that it is not commenting on individual students names, but that they “have a policy against the use of inappropriate names for schools.”
The district added that they are not trying to discriminate against anyone.
“Our policy has always been to allow kids of any age to participate in the activities that they love.
Our policy has been, however, that when students of a particular age decide to join a swim club, we are allowed to refer them to another school for that,” the spokesperson told the news station.
Gosset added that the name was not chosen by the school district but by the parents.
“It’s not a good name for kids.
It’s a bad name for the community,” he said.
“You can’t use a name that is disrespectful to anyone.”
Gossetts daughter is also in the swim club.
“She’s got a beautiful smile and she’s doing great,” Gossette said.
The new name for Lakeland’s Silverfish Swim Club has been around since 2016, when it was renamed the “Silverfish Swim School.”
Goyo Gossets, one of the school’s parents, said that she was pleased to see the name change.
“I’ve been using the name for 20 years.
When I first heard about it, I thought, I know how bad the name is.
But then I thought about it,” she told WJAX-TV, according to WJAL-TV in Orlando.
“When you get a child who has a good personality, it’s a great name for them to grow up with.”
The school has hosted several competitions since the name, including the goldfish swim and fish fight at Lakeland High School.
The name has been used since 2012, when a student named Sammie Wray was suspended for two days for participating in the competition.
“That was one of my favorite times of my life.
I got to come to school every day and have my swim with my friends,” she said.
Wray, who has since graduated, said she was inspired to start a swim team when she saw that the district didn’t allow her to swim with other girls.
She said that the new names are “pretty much my life.”
“I would be so proud if the school did this for the other kids in my district.
It would be amazing,” she added.