"People died throughout the civil rights era for what we are standing for and we are not going to allow that to just disappear," Mary E. Phillips High School Assistant Principal Rukiya Dillahunt said.
"You don't patch up the hole in your wall by tearing down the house," concerned resident Mark Adamson said.
The public forum officially featured board member Keith Sutton. Sutton shares the concern that ending the district's policy will lead to re-segregation. But he remains hopeful the board will eventually reconsider its proposed changes.
"As we get to know each other and build some relationships, hopefully we can build some consensus and work toward some common goals," Sutton said.
Meanwhile, board member John Tedesco showed up to listen to those with opposing views. Views, he said, that do not offer ways to improve the school system, and do not reflect the opinion of the majority of Wake County residents.
"Socially engineering our community by redistributing our children, I do not believe to be the right tool to do that for long term success," John Tedesco said. "People who come out are the people who are always wanting to be the squeaky wheel. So for the tens of thousands of families in Wake County, don't worry, you've got champions in your corner.