San Antonio’s North East Independent School District board voted unanimously Tuesday night to change the name of the district’s Robert E. Lee High School.
The 7-0 vote was inspired by a student-driven petition to change the name, penned after an August 12 pro-Confederate rally in Charlottesville turned deadly. Having the name of the top Confederate general stamped on a public school didn’t sit well with the students, or staff, in light of the violent protest.
“Too many people have fought and died for civil rights. Having the name of a Confederate general on a place of learning is shameful,” wrote 19-year-old Gianno Gomez in an online petition to change the name.
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