"But the Name Hurts" signs vandalized in Staunton

Published: Jul. 17, 2018 at 11:35 PM EDT
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In Staunton, the potential of changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School

. Recently, several signs advocating for the school's name to be changed have been vandalized.

Driving throughout Staunton, you can see signs for both sides of the issue. Some signs read "Save the Name" and others read "But the Name Hurts" or "Shame on the Name."

Along Donaghe Avenue, several "But the Name Hurts" signs have now been sprayed with an "X."

Staunton resident Barbara Lee said the vandalism in her neighborhood upsets her.

"I certainly do hope that the ones who are vandalizing these signs grow up. This is what the young people want," said Lee. "Go along with your children and your grand children. Let them make decisions."

Many in the community have been making their opinions heard at two listening meetings that took place


Staunton Police could not confirm Tuesday if they are investigating the vandalism. Supporters of keeping the school's name, which was chosen in 1914 to replace what had been known as Staunton High School, say dozens of "Save the Name" signs have been vandalized or stolen as well.

There have been several pushes over recent years to change the name of Staunton's only public high school. None have succeeded in the past, but efforts began again following the deadly violence of the "Unite the Right" rally centered around a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville last year.