Def Leppard meets Arkansas School for the Deaf Leopards

In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, British rock group, Def Leppard, from left, Phil Collen, Rick Allen and Vivian Campbell pose for a photo in Los Angeles. First up, in a year of firsts for the band, is the special-event screening Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2013, (and again on Oct. 8) of their live concert film at theaters nationwide “Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) – Def Leppard? Meet the deaf Leopards.

The British rockers behind a string of hits in the 1980s and ’90s including “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Photograph” met Wednesday before their show near Little Rock with students from the Arkansas School for the Deaf. The school mascot? The Leopards, of course.

The group posed for photos holding a replica of the school’s scoreboard and in front of a banner emblazoned with the band’s name. The band later posted them on social media with the caption “Arkansas Deaf Leopards and #DefLeppard.”

The meeting came about after an online petition drew nearly 1,500 signatures in support.

Opened in 1867, the Arkansas School for the Deaf provides schooling and life skills training for deaf and hearing-impaired children, beginning at age 3.

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