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Social media effort pushing for Byrnes to change 'Rebels' team name

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DUNCAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A social media effort is putting the team name of a Spartanburg County high school under scrutiny amid the recent efforts to remove Confederate insignia from public spaces.

The debate is over the Byrnes High School “Rebels.”

Byrnes graduate Terry Moore is leading a push to change the name of the school’s mascot, saying the “Rebel” character represents racial hatred, and will present his argument to the West Spartanburg branch of the NAACP during the group’s next meeting on Monday.

Spartanburg District Five officials said that, prior to 1991, the school did have a Confederate-themed mascot character and flew a Confederate flag on school grounds.

Now, officials say the name is associated only with school pride.

FOX Carolina’s Derek Dellinger spoke with many parents in the Duncan area who agreed, the name is a symbol of school pride, and didn’t see the team name ‘Rebels’ as offensive.

Supporters of the ‘Rebels’ name are planning a rally at the high school on Monday night as well.

Ultimately, the decision to change the name will be up to the school board, and District Five officials said they had not received any official complaints about the name.

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