North East ISD releases list of Robert E. Lee High School name change submissions

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In the spirit of full transparency, the North East Independent School District released the full list of name change submissions for Robert E. Lee High School.

WARNING: There are many submissions on the list that contain explicit language and may offend some. Viewer discretion advised.

The school board unanimously voted in late August to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School. Two years ago, NEISD voted to keep the name but after recent events such as what happened in Charlottesville, the board decided it was time to revisit the issue. The name change, once decided, will happen next year.

The district's submission criteria was listed as followed.:

The Board set forth criteria that the name should reflect an idea, not a person. Current examples within NEISD include Academy of Creative Education and International School of the Americas. Name submissions should embody a wholesome image that would be expected to stand the test of time. A proposed name should be welcoming and identifiable to the general public.

According to the district, of the 2,443 submissions, only 542 met the board's criteria. A district spokeswoman said that many of the 1,901 submissions that did not meet the criteria contained "offensive and inappropriate references, such as profanity and racially charged statements."

The board will consider the list at the next meeting scheduled for Oct. 9.

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