The Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Austin, Texas, is considering changing its name to honor a different historical figure after hundreds of parents recently expressed their distaste for the Confederate general.
The school's Campus Advisory Committee voted unanimously on March 28 to have the board consider a name change that would reflect more accurately the parents' wishes and the school's values, according to KTBC-TV. After the vote, the Austin School Board asked for submissions to be sent in for proper consideration.
Although the board welcomed the community's suggestions, it made clear that the board will have the final say in the matter, according to KXAN-TV. On Friday, a list of the top suggestions that were received was released for public perusal.
At the top of the list was "Donald J. Trump Elementary" with 45 votes, according to KXAN. "Robert E. Lee Elementary" came in second with 35 voters asking for it to remain as the school's name. "Russell Lee Elementary" came in third with 32 votes, "Harper Lee Elementary" came in fourth with 30 nominations and "Elisabet Ney Elementary" came in fifth with 15 nominations.
Other notable suggestions included "Adolf Hitler School for Friendship and Tolerance," "Idiocaracy [sic.] Elementary," "Drew Brees Elementary," "John Cena Elementary" and "Bruce Lee Elementary," according to KTBC. At this time, the board is still considering the nominations and has not yet released its final decision.
Schools in Dallas are also considering what measures to take with schools named after Confederate heroes, including those named after Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston, the Dallas Morning News reported. Earlier this year, the board at John B. Hood Elementary voted to drop its name, choosing instead to take on the name of Piedmont Global Academy.
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