In the midst of the turmoil in the United States, some came closer to home last week in Colonial Beach.
The Colonial Beach School Board voted to remove the name of the football field, “C Wayne Kennedy Field” following an incident with Kennedy online with several former students.
The emergency meeting was held Wednesday with the sign being removed immediately.
Kennedy had used his platform on Facebook to insult Blacks and the LGBTQ community last week while discussing politics and the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Within hours of the posting a petition was started to remove his name from the field.
Four-hundred people signed the online petition, but that was not needed for the Colonial Beach School Board. In a posting on the Colonial Beach School’s Community page it was written, “The Colonial Beach Public School Board members acted quickly to remove Wayne Kennedy’s name from Monroe Park. The removal of Mr. Kennedy’s name from Monroe Park was due to the derogatory and racial comments he posted on social media.”
Kennedy has posted a public apology to his page claiming, “I fight Satan on a daily basis, the same as many of you do. This time I lost.”
In his apology Kennedy named the students he argued with referring to them as “Forty something” former pupils of his. Kennedy is 75 and a former physical education teacher and coach at CBHS.
Kennedy is also a former Colonial Beach Mayor, Vice Mayor and School Board member. He retired for CBPS. He moved to South Carolina in 2019.
Another former Colonial Beach Coach and teacher Steve Swope is spearheading a unity rally today, Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m. on the Colonial Beach Town Hill and stage in light of this.