Turner County Debates “Rebel” Nickname for Schools

| July 14, 2015

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ASHBURN — Some people in Turner County want to change the Turner County High School nickname from the Rebels.  They stated their concerns to the school board Monday night in Ashburn.

“Since I was in High school I’ve never been a fan of the Rebel,” Turner County Board of education member Cornelius Ball told WALB.

Ball wants to get rid of the Turner County Middle High School Mascot the Rebel.

“There is two ends of the spectrum you got of lot of people who love it and a lot of people who hate it,” Ball told WALB.

Ball says the conversation got started on Facebook where more than 300 comments were made from both sides. He says it got attention because of the Confederate flag debate in South Carolina.

“Most people view it as offensive and I don’t disagree with them,” Ball said.

Despite some of the strong views expressed on Ball’s Facebook account, not many people, including the School Board Interim Superintendent and the School’s Principal, wanted to speak to WALB on the matter.

“To me it’s just a mascot it doesn’t stand for anything other than that just to me,” Missy May stated in the report.

Ball says he wants to get the message of unity across.

“This is an opportunity for us to unite and to have something we all can be proud of ,” Ball said.

Ball believes the ultimate decision should be left up to the students.

“I think the kids if we give them the opportunity to have their voice heard and let them vote. And what ever that decision is we should all just live with it,” Ball said.

WALB

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