The debate over Confederate statues and monuments is not the only one happening in Amarillo.

A man emailed Amarillo Independent School District wanting Robert E. Lee Elementary’s name changed, but parents from the school also have something to say.

AISD has also said their thoughts on the school’s name.

Robert E. Lee was the Confederate general during the Civil War.

A statue of Lee was also in the middle of the controversy surrounding the protests in Charlottesville just more than a week ago.

According to the City of Amarillo, this school was opened in 1951, 81 years after General Lee died.

We spoke to a grandparent of one the school’s current students who said she went to Lee Elementary when she was a child.

She also adds that the school name should stay the same.

Her opinion was not the only one. The different parents, foster parents, grandparents, and great grandparents that we spoke with all told us they want the name to stay.

However, one parent we spoke with did not know Robert E. Lee was a Confederate general.

Another reason many do not want to change the name, history.

“When it comes to American history and stuff like that, what’s going to change? If you take the statue down, it’s not going to change hate, it’s not going to change bigotry and stuff like that,” said Richard Coffman.

“I’ve lived in this territory all of my life, and I’m 83 years old. Leave it alone. We were proud of the individuals then, we should still be proud of them,” added Barbara Bradley, the great grandparent of a student at Lee Elementary.

We asked parents about their thoughts on the Charlottesville protests originating with the plan to tear down a statue of General Lee.

One told us that it is not surprising and that we should have known these kinds of uprisings would happen when Donald Trump was elected as president.

Amarillo ISD released this statement on the school:

“As we begin a new school year, our teachers and staff are focused on our students. We are committed to providing quality schools where students feel safe and welcomed each day and are empowered to learn and grow. We are always open to conversations with our stakeholders—those in our community who live in our neighborhoods and those who are served by our schools. We believe when we work together we can continue to foster positive learning environments that build students for success beyond high school.”