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The hostile debate over the removal of Confederate symbols now hitting a Virginia high school. Stonewall Jackson High in Manassas, named for the Confederate General who famously fought union troops just miles away, the center of controversy this week, after a top school official proposed renaming it.
Prince William County School board Chairman, Ryan Sawyers, calling the deadly violence in Charlottesville the last straw, and insisting Jackson's name be scrubbed from the school.>> To me it's very simple. A guy that gave his life quite literally to the enslavement of a race to prevent them from all sorts of things, including an education, should not have a school named after him.
>> Reuters reporter Fatima Bhojani.>> So many of the schools that were named after Confederate Generals were named decades after the Civil War, and they were named as a response to desegregation. They were named as a response to the Civil Rights Movement and increased equality at educational institutions.
>> Sawyers opponents say the $750,000 required to replace school signage, revamp facilities, and switch sports uniforms, would be better spent in other areas. The school board quick to say Sawyers is pursuing his plan as a private citizen, and not in concert with other members. To that effect, he has set up a GoFundMe page asking for personal donations, in order to avoid using taxpayer funds, so far raising over a couple of thousand dollars.
Republican Corey Stewart, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors and a 2018 Senate candidate, decried the notion of removing Jackson's name as despicable. Stewart, a strong supporter of President Trump's, ran unsuccessfully for governor this year largely on a platform of preserving Confederate monuments.