The South Burlington School Board in Vermont recently decided to change its school’s team name because it said its current name has ties to the Confederacy. The school’s teams are called the “Rebels.”
The move has upset many residents in the area who say the name change will cost the district and taxpayers $50,000.
According to the local ABC affiliate, the name change controversy has sparked death threats and even a stalking charge. The school has also surpassed its budget due to the change.
Residents who opposed the decision asked for a public vote but their request was denied.
The school’s principal claims some students voiced their concerns over the team name “Rebel” and felt uncomfortable with the name.
The name change will take effect in the fall. A replacement name has not yet been decided.
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