Family wants local school named after 9/11 victim

The Bakersfield City School District Board will hear from a family who wants to rename Downtown Elementary School after their family member who died on 9/11, but some parents don't like the idea.

Cathie Ong-Herrera hopes the BCSD board will consider renaming the school after her sister Betty Ann Ong, a flight attendant who first alerted authorities of terrorists on board American Airlines Flight 11. Herrera calls her sister a national hero and wants the school to be renamed in her honor to teach children about the history of 9/11.

But, some parents are opposed to the idea saying Ong has little connection to the school and the school's name is supposed to reflect the community it serves.

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