FOX 26 KRIV reporter Greg Groogan reports on a school name change battle heats up with fraud allegation:
If the day comes when Sidney Lanier’s name is ripped off a 90-year-old building, it will be in the wake of a bruising battle.
“Do we really want to teach our kids that the way to get back at something that happened 150 years is revenge?,” asks Wayne Dolcefino, who is representing opponents of the name change. “Is that really the lesson we want?”
The one-time Confederate private, who never owned a slave, built modest renown in the post Civil War years as a poet preaching reconciliation. But that record didn’t keep Lanier Middle School off a list of Houston Independent School District campuses whose namesakes were deemed supporters of human bondage.
A parent group, known as Lanier Watchdogs, is fighting back claiming the school board lied to taxpayers by failing to properly research and reveal the expense involved with renaming campuses, in violation of district policy. READ THE REST