The sign at Robert E. Lee High School was vandalized Friday, forcing school officials to remove the name of the Confederate general from the school marquee.

'Robert E. Lee' sign vandalized at Florida high school

The words "Robert E. Lee" have been removed from a sign at a Florida high school after they were vandalized.

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The lettering was taken off both sides of the sign at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville after two people, described as young men, vandalized the sign Friday night.

A witness told officers she was walking her dog when she saw two young men crouching near the sign.

She said they ran off and she saw the word "Racists" spray-painted on the glass. Several letters were pried off the sign.

An officer with Jacksonville Sheriff's Office found several of the letters resting on top of the brick sign. The spray-paint also had been cleared from the glass.

A church group that meets at the school had cleaned off the sign, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Duval County Public Schools officials said the letters were removed temporarily because of vandalism over the weekend.

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