A group of parents have organized a fight against the board, declaring that the district’s newest learning center should not share a name with the Middle Eastern country north of Israel. According to NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth, the parents claim they were originally told the school would be called, yup… Freedom High School.
Now before the commentariat goes off thinking this is a secret Muslim plot by local officials, it turns out Lebanon was the name of the area’s original farmer settlement, before the town of Frisco was established. “Memories of Lebanon may be found throughout Frisco,” the board explained.
“For a high school name, it doesn’t fit this community,” one parent told NBC. “The word Lebanon still reminds me of all the sad and turmoil that goes on in the Middle East,” another parent told the board.
The BBC points out that there are plenty of such “foreign”-sounding school names scattered throughout the country: Bagdad Elementary in Florida, Mecca Elementary in California, Damascus Christian School in Oregon, etc. There are reportedly 19 Lebanons in the United States. One historian notes that such town names arose out of a late-nineteenth-century romantic view of the Middle East.
Watch the report below, via NBC:
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