Statement from Governor Dayton: "I support the students, staff, and community at Alexander Ramsey Middle School, who are leading an important discussion on the name of their school. Governor Ramsey’s encouragement of violence against innocent people is appalling, and I repudiate it fully. That violent language and behavior may have been commonplace 150 years ago in Minnesota, but it is not acceptable or allowable today.
In Minnesota and around our country, it is imperative that all students feel safe, and supported, inside their place of learning. I applaud this group for working to ensure that their school is a place that is welcoming to all. If we do not recognize our past, and its continuing legacy in the present, we cannot build a better future together. We must continue our efforts to build a state that recognizes, respects, and supports all Minnesotans."