Florida Senate acts on Pasco students' idea to remove Confederate general statue from U.S. Capitol
On a school trip to Washington D.C., students from Pasco County's Dayspring Academy noticed that one of Florida's representative statues in the Capitol was of a Confederate general, Edmund Kirby Smith.
The students "could not believe he was best to represent Florida," said Sen. John Legg, who founded and still works at the charter school. So Legg filed a bill to remove the statue in favor of some other prominent Floridian to be selected by a committee.
The idea wasn't popular with everyone. Last week, groups of people gathered outside Legg's office in Lutz, waving Confederate flags to protest the measure.
But the student-inspired legislation passed the Senate 33-7 on Thursday with almost no discussion. A companion bill, which provides for the removal of statues of Smith and, possibly, Dr. John Gorrie, is moving through the House with almost no opposition.