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Name change considered for Robert E. Lee Elementary School in northeast El Paso

Robert E. Lee Elementary School
Robert E. Lee Elementary School in northeast El Paso.

EL PASO, Texas -- As controversial monuments, specifically Confederate monuments, are being removed across the country as a response to the death of George Floyd, the possibility of changing one northeast El Paso school name is once again on the table.

El Paso Independent School District trustee Freddy Klayel-Avalos, who represents District 6, tweeted that he is calling on his fellow board members to change Robert E. Lee Elementary School's name permanently.

Robert E. Lee was a commander of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Klayel-Avalos told ABC-7 that a concerned constituent reached out to him calling for the name change adding that it was long overdue and Avalos agrees.

"However anyone may interpret it, either positive or negative, the fact that the African American/black community interpret or associate Robert E. Lee's name with oppression is enough for the district to be proactive enough about changing the name," Klayel-Avalos said.

Klayel-Avalos added that even though he cannot speak for the entire board he feels the name change is "imminent."

Back in 2017, the board had previously discussed changing the school's name.

EPISD trustee Diane Dye, who represents the district were the school is located, said she believes her constituents do not want to change the name. When asked how she would vote if it the item was brought to a vote, she said she would vote "no."

"This needs to come from the community it should not come from one board trustee. Unless my constituents want this done, I will vote no."

Klayel-Avalos told ABC-7 he has discussed the topic with EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera and the topic will likely be added to the June 16 board meeting agenda. Klayel-Avalos is encouraging constituents to sign up for public comment for that meeting.

Brianna Chavez

Brianna Chavez is an ABC-7 reporter/producer.



      1. Just who is this “we”? All you have ever done was hide in your government-funded hovel and play keyboard commando. You no nothing but run your mouth.

  1. Change all them Honky racist mfers names! They represent K1DPR/army pilot/elchips/madmike/etc. Heck yea!!!!!! George Floyd BLVd!! George Lopez Ave. Eff those putos like K1DPR.

      1. I already reported him to KVIA and KVIA to the FCC. Maybe KVIA will get off their butt’s and finally start moderating THEIR website.

        They need to bring Disqus back so you can report and ignore the racist POS and his multiple accounts.

        1. It is now 1335 hours and since you posted your at 1210, I have had three posts removed, even there was no profanity or racist remarks in them.

          1. Parker removed mine after agreeing with armypilot. He doesn’t take criticism well.

    Lee is a historical icon of AMERICA, not simply if the C.S.A.

    Lee was a West Point grad, instructor, superintendent, and was HIGHLY COVETED to lead the Armies of both the North and the South.

    Lee chose the South because he was a Virginian and couldn’t bear fighting against his home state.

    His family estate includes what is now ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY.


  3. Lee was a poor leader, finished 2nd at West Point. 2nd is the first loser. Them married into a slave owning family in Virginia. The moron was a racist. Take the at garbage street name off our streets!

    1. Tell us all about your illustrious military career. Let’s see, you admitted that you joined the Navy to avoid Vietnam, then couldn’t complete an enlistment, got thrown out.

  4. New times new names!!!!! Get rid of the hate and remove all those names. I want to know who voted to name such schools and streets! Time for transparency. Robert E Lee has no place here!

      1. Doesn’t matter if he is a 100 time felon. He served his time and turned his life around. Anyway you don’t kill a human being by kneeling on his neck and putting your full body weight behind it. This is not just about Floyd, it is about police out of control shooting and stepping on black people and treating them as if they don’t belong anywhere in racist America. Stop acting dumb. You know what is going on but just choose to follow your narrow minded Republican, racist, xenophobic beliefs. Just like your “president.”

  5. Speaking of Northeast Then too there’s ‘Castner Heights’ Neighborhood Gateway North @ Hondo Pass/ Diana contains streets signs containing the names of several questionable Civil War Generals

    1. Yes lets change the names of all the DEMOCRAT symbols of slavery. I’m all for it. Every name that has to do with slavery must be eliminated. Just make sure that when these symbols are brought down, EVERYONE of these names, symbols or racists icons come from DEMOCRAT names.

      1. You forget to mention that Democrats back then were all Southern white, red-neck good ol boys who killed blacks for just looking at a white woman. Fast forward to now and they call themselves Republicans. Same kind of people, they just used to call themselves Democrats. Read some History books before you post something that you know nothing about.

        1. Democrats back then and democrats now are ALL racists. Including the so called black leaders that pro port to represent the African American. Getting rich in politics and never looking back from where they came from. Same thing with Hispanic leaders. They talk a good talk and never bring about change. Why? Because solving problems for Hispanics means they don’t have control anymore. What good is a black or Hispanic leader if they solve problems? None.
          ux can spew all the lies you want in your ignorance. It only shows your’e in denial of the truth. Over 60 years black dems have been in charge of the cities where all the racist acts happen. Explain that.
          The same here in El Paso. Hispanic democrat leadership has failed to change very little.

        2. You may want to read some history books. There was no “party swap” like some try to say.
          Republicans freed the slaves, fought a war to restore the Union, passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, etc…
          Democrats ceded from the Union and lost, started the KKK, passed Jim Crow laws, voted against the Civil Right Act for the most part (led by Robert “the Exalted Cyclops” Byrd) and have done everything they can to keep people of color on the government plantation.

          I suspect that there will be much weeping on 4 NOV 2020 by the Democrat (socialist) party.

          1. These demo rat hacks don’t even mention the 17 black people that have been killed by rioters. They don’t mention the countless black owned business burned to the ground. They don’t mention the hard work over years it took to build their businesses. Maxine Waters has been in politics for years coming from a poor family. Has not changed anything in her district, is a multi millionaire, spews lies like a ux and alberto and she is still there. Who the hell do you blame for that? The people there keep electing her. The same with the blue cities like Chicago and Minneapolis and NY. So they must not want change.

          1. The demo rat trick is this. If you don’t admit to being a racist, you are. If you admit to being a racist, you are. The WOKE idiots just don’t get it. Defunding the police also has a two edged sword. The WOKE and the blacks that promote it won’t get help from the police if they need them. There won’t be any. ux, alberto and the rest of their personalities would love that since they would be the perps anyway.

  6. All of you are looking at History and distorting it to fit your political beliefs. I am just stating the facts of History. Southern Democrats as recently as the 60’s fought with LBJ because he wanted civil rights and voting rights for blacks. But the realinegment of Democrats and Republicans really began with Roosevelt’s New Deal when Democrats embraced Liberalism and Republicans Conservatism. Since then most minorities and University educated Americans call themselves Democrats, while well off and mostly white rural white Conservative Americans are Republicans. Nothing in History is written in absolute terms when it comes to party affiliation, but presently Republicans and Democrats have switched roles since the parties came into existence.

      1. ux, plagiarism is a compliment to you is it? Well hell then, no wonder you want biden. He plagiarized all through his life in politics.

        1. Your head is hard as a rock, dude. The guy seemed to think that my post was so well written that it must have been copied from some other writer. That is why he thought it must have been plagiarized.
          I have no idea what you think Biden plagiarized but your president is too dumb to even do that. Hell, I don’t think he knows how to read and write. BIDEN2020. Get used to it for the next 4 years.

          1. That is the main problem with you ux. You don’t know anything except what CNN tells you to think. Deflecting your inadequacies to Trump are ludicrous at best. Your nothing but a hack pretending to know something but nothing that comes our of your mouth is worth listening to.

  7. If you remove one monument you must remove them all or the racial divide will turn the other way
    and open up a new can of worms that no one has ever seen

    1. Lets avoid the turmoil. No new statues for any democrat president, senator, governor, mayor, dog catcher, alberto etc. etc. etc. Any if they are erected, tear them down immediately.

      1. You have nothing to worry about. No monument will ever be built for Trump, McConnell, Barr, Graham. If it is, it won’t last five minutes before they smash it to smithereens. They don’t have monuments for dumb asses. By the way they just defaced Trump’s Hollywood star, again! This time with dog feces. Yuck.

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