Rivercrest ISD is in the process of changing its fight song and will paint over the image of a Confederate soldier in its high school gym, officials announced Wednesday evening on Facebook.
The moves come amid the recent movements for equality following the death of native Texan George Floyd under the knee of a white former Minneapolis police officer’s knee. Floyd’s death has sparked weeks of protests, some of which have taken place in Paris, Clarksville and Bonham.
“The recent events that have transpired locally and across the world have resulted in a sincere reflection of the symbols we use at Rivercrest ISD and what they represent to our community and neighboring communities,” Superintendent Stanley Jessee wrote on Facebook. “Rivercrest is a place where our communities come together to learn, to compete, to fellowship, and to celebrate, and it should be a place where every person feels welcome and included. If there are symbols that possibly keep anyone from feeling that they are not included at our school, we should examine changing them.”
The goal, Jessee wrote, is to separate the school system from any Confederate symbolism that could be considered offensive to anyone who attends the district’s schools in order to foster an atmosphere of acceptance, respect and love for everyone. Rivercrest stopped using the Confederate flag and colors years ago, according to the post.