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A Virginia board is considering restoring the names of two schools which were originally named for Confederate generals but changed in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd.
The Shenandoah County School Board in 2020 voted to change Stonewall Jackson High School to Mountain View High School and Ashby-Lee Elementary School to Honey Run Elementary School.
The article goes on to state the following:
But in the two years since, community members — especially alumni — have expressed opposition to the name changes, school board member Cynthia Walsh told NBC News.
Walsh and two other current board members were on the board when the name changes were approved. The board consists of six members who discussed the issue at length last week. Some of the new board members said the decision to change the names was happened too quickly and without considering the opinion of the community.
A petition to change the names back has been signed by over 4,000 people, according to Vice Chair Dennis Barlow.
Barlow is in favor of reverting back to the original school names, calling the school board’s decision to change them “undemocratic and unfair.” He also labeled those who supported changing the names “creepy,” “elitist” outsiders from “the dark side.”
He said Jackson was a “gallant commander.”
Walsh, who supports the decision made by the previous board to change the names, argued, “Most people who vote for elected officials then count on them to do the right thing on their behalf.”
“We do have a representative democracy. We don’t have a direct democracy,” she said.
The school board in a Virginia county that recently renamed two schools to remove the names of Confederate generals is considering changing them back. Learn more from @NBCNews' @Eli_Fieldstadt and @mayaabrown10 — the latter on her fourth day on my team! https://t.co/rMAM4F4XeR
— Eric Carvin (@EricCarvin) May 19, 2022
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