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

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Updated: 11/09/2013 12:09 am
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.

"It's been going back a while so I feel like getting it totally settled and changed might be the best," said Le'Andre Wright, School Advisory Committee chair. 

The SAC spent every minute of the meeting Monday discussing the alleged grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and hearing from more than a dozen people.

"I stood up for what I believe in and I feel like the name should be changed. It doesn't represent Forrest in a positive direction," said 11th-grader Jasmine Burgess.
 
Former student and son of a Confederate veteran Gary Bangle said Andrew Jackson's name isn't much different.

"The Trail of Tears. I do not like him for that," said Bangle.

Action News asked him if he thought that name should be removed too, where do we draw the line?

Bangle replied "That's history, water under the bridge, let's let this go and leave it the way it is." The meeting ended with no vote, leaving the future of the Forrest name to hang in the balance. 

"This will always be a problem until the name is changed," said Burgess.
 
Students tell Action News if the school were renamed, they would want it to be called Westside Rebels, saying they feel that name is a better representation of the student body. A vote could come at the school district's next public workshop meeting scheduled in December.
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