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After Charlottesville Attack Schools Consider Name Changes


The brutal, racially motivated attacks that occurred at a rally in Charlottesville, Va. last month have prompted school officials across the country to reconsider the names of their academic institutions.

In 2015, nearly 200 American schools were named for Confederate leaders, including Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Schools in Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio, Jacksonville and Oklahoma City are among the areas where community members have petitioned for a change in school name.

Charges are still being filed against those criminally involved in the violent white supremacist rally that resulted in three deaths. The goal of the protestors was to oppose the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue from a community park. Similar Confederate monuments have been removed over the last two years, sparked in part by the mass killing of nine people in a Charleston, SC church by a white supremacist in 2015.

Has your school made recent changes to its name or mascot based on recent events?