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No vote on N. B. Forrest High, opposition steps up

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A lingering distraction is what school leaders and local students are calling this six-year battle over changing the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School.

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rebeccainez - 11/12/2013 3:00 PM
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What is changing the name going to do? Obviously, it hasn't effected the community enough to prevent parents from sending their children-of any race-to that school. We as a community are focusing on the wrong issues, dealing with this school in particular. The student's education is the most important subject we should be dealing with. Students are supposed to have a well rounded education that is formed by core subjects and extra curricular programs. The drama program my senior year was taken away, the art classes were being "downsized", French was no longer going to be offered and I know the music program is in desperate need of instruments and new uniforms. We don't have the money for priorities, so why are we going to spend money we don't have on an unnecessary change? We will never truly know General Forrest's involvement with the Klan, we can only guess and go off of textbooks. But we do know that the school was named after a great military leader. End of story. Should we try to erase history because we don't like it? No. That's immature and the reason why this country is crumbling. The past is there to learn from or be proud of. Not everything in history is great, and that's okay because it is a lesson for future generations to know that when the going gets tough, we all do what we can to survive and afterwards, we may not be proud of what we have done but we overcame our demons and will right our wrongs. N.B Forrest was a segregated school at once, should we tear it down because of that reason? No. We need to focus on what's important in our community and this isn't one of those things. No Alumni wants to have a diploma or any items, from a no longer "existent" school. We are proud of the school we graduated from it connects all of us, alumni and current students. Even though we may never meet each other we are all connected by N.B Forrest high school and changing the name, takes that away.

nativejax - 11/9/2013 10:43 PM
1 Vote
If we take the bad guys out of the history of this Country, how will any child learn what is right or wrong. To remove them is covering up the truth. And frankly, I have had my gut full of the 'cover ups and lies' in my White House these past 5 years that should be REMOVED first. Why worry MORE about some man who may or may not have been in the KKK decades ago,then the lies and deceptions of the 'rouge' president OBama, that people haven't even BEGUN to realize much less believe?.

Realchange - 11/9/2013 8:02 AM
3 Votes
Since we know Michael Jackson was pedophile and the Elmo actor as well. Maybe we should have all their works removed from history as well. I for one do not like the double standard in society now days. Course black people will say Michael is innocent. An innocent man does not sleep with children in his bedroom after the first charge of sexual assault. With his money he should got chaperones to be present at all times. As for the Elmo actor flying 15 year old boys to New York plying them with gifts and telling they are the "only" one he ever fell for should speak volumes about that. Funny how we fighting over a man who fought for the South say he should not have any schools named after him but we have 2 black pedophiles appearing on TV and Radio day and night with no one daring to say a word about removing them off the air.

Realchange - 11/9/2013 7:58 AM
2 Votes
Grant was responsible for burning homes to ground during the Civil War are you going change all schools named after Grant? By the same hand that would mean Lincoln approved burning people out their homes. Should we remove all Lincoln named schools on those grounds? After all if the only way you can win a war is to burn women and children out homes just before winter so the men leave to take care of them is that honorable combat or tactics? I recall reading from history when the south won the first few engagements at the start of the war they held back from looting major cities that had been lost. So go ahead keep protesting the so called crimes of Forrest and turn blind eye to what BOTH sides did wrong during the war.

RFM2009 - 11/9/2013 6:22 AM
2 Votes
Leave the School name as is!! N.B.Forrest was after all, a Military Veteran. Get to the truth about the man and all the GOOD he had accomplished. in other words, HANDS OFF!

therev - 11/8/2013 11:16 PM
2 Votes
Why do you keep bringing the name change up? Several years ago the school board refused to change the name. That should have made it final. All you have is one stupid ass h--e making a fuss, Look at what it would cost to change the name and all the paper work with the Forrest name on it. Prove that he was a KKK member? Where you there? Where is the proof? I have a suggestion, change all schools that are named after our civil war HERO'S.

letully32138 - 11/6/2013 6:21 PM
2 Votes
You reporters keep saying the school is named after former KKK member Nathan Bedford Forrest. It's named after General Nathan B. Forrest who fought in the Civil War. Stop saying KKK whether he was or was not a member. No one cares. He's a southern general. I don't ever remember reading he was in the KKK when I was in high school in the late 1970s. Only he was a Confederate general. It's the way you report things that stirs everyone up. Enough already. Leave the school's name alone.

BRatliff - 11/6/2013 10:46 AM
4 Votes
Thanks, Media and Press. The distraction is the continued resurgence of the issue. I was at the SAC meeting Monday; Mr Wright's daughter stood up and said she doesn't really want the name changed.... students of the school (myself included, as one of its alumni) don't want the name of our school changed. Please also research Mr Forrest before you label him as a KKK guy -- i.e., practice responsible journalism. They asked him to lead it, because he was known for his leadership ability. Mr Forrest disassociated himself with the organization when he realized they actually had no desire to be organized/civil.

Mimi47 - 11/6/2013 8:10 AM
3 Votes
Maybe we should change the names of EVERY school in the country to D (democrat) I (indoctrination) C (centers) !!!!!!!

king kaos - 11/5/2013 4:56 PM
3 Votes
Leave the name as is... so change it becuase hes an "alleged" KKK grand wizard? He obviously did much more than that if he has a school named after him, right? As another person said, rename it to "Al NotSo-Sharpton High" so we can be sure a racist turd is on the school right? How about everyone shut up and stop, if its been ongoing for 6 years and it hasnt got enough traction to be changed yet, let the 15 shonaquis and datrons deal with it...
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