Stupidity and Xenophobia in Texas? How Shocking.

They’re building a new high school in Frisco, Texas and the school district decided to name it Lebanon High School to honor local history. That was the name given to the area by farmers who first settled the area that was later incorporated and called Frisco. Cue the xenophobic and idiotic response:

Some parents in the Frisco Independent School District want a name change for the new Lebanon High School, saying the school set to open next year shouldn’t share its name with the Middle East nation and that the community should get a say in naming it.

A group of eight parents met with NBC 5 Friday as they push for the district to rename the new school on Ohio Drive. They say they were originally told it would be called Freedom High School and are disappointed in what they call a less patriotic, and potentially confusing, choice…

But parent Liffey Skender wonders if that reference still resonates today. “There are a lot of people out there that are not happy with this name,” she said.

Skender voiced her concerns at a board of trustees meeting in December and says that since then, she’s received about 100 emails and two dozen phone calls from others who share them.

Robert Mays is another parent who shares her concerns. “For a high school name, it doesn’t fit this community,” Mays said.

Then you have a community of morons. There are at least 16 cities in the United States named Lebanon. Jesus, people like this make me want to get the hell off this planet sometimes.

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  • lldayo

    I’m from Lebanon, PA and went to Lebanon High School. However, around here we pronounce it Lebanen not Lebanon the country. We correct people who say it “wrong”.

  • amenhotepstein

    If we called it Freedom High School, as good Americans, we’d have to bomb the sh*t out of it every few hours. That’s how freedom is delivered, dontchya’ know?

  • dugglebogey

    The Lebanon in Tennessee is pronounced “Leb-nen.” Two syllables only.

    There’s also a Smyrna that’s pronounced “Suh-murr-nuh” and a Santa Fe that is pronounced (I shit you not) Santa Fee.

  • dingojack

    Simple suggestion — tell ’em Reagan once had a dog called Lebanon. Problem solved!

    Dingo

  • mikey

    There is a suburb of Rochester, NY, named Chili. I had no luck when asking directions, until I found out they pronounce it Ch’eye’-l’eye’! (Accent remains on the first syllable.)

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Wouldn’t it better reflect the character of Texas to call it Al-Anon?

  • colnago80

    Re Butler @ #6

    A better reflection of the character of Texas would be to call it dumbfuck high school.

  • eric

    @1:

    I’m from Lebanon, PA and went to Lebanon High School. However, around here we pronounce it Lebanen

    And we thank you for your sweet baloney/bologna.

  • eric

    “There are a lot of people out there that are not happy with this name,” she said.

    Somewhere in Frisco, someone is getting ready for their new job as Principal, taking a shot of bourbon, and saying to his/herself “this is going to be a long year of PTO meetings, isn’t it?”

  • sketchvac

    One would think they would welcome the name — surely, being from “Frisco”, you’d think that they be tired of having to get gay-married when they reach the age of consent.

  • scienceavenger

    Believe it or not, Frisco (where I have family familiar with this issue) is not in the great red swath of Texas dumbfuck counties. It’s a very wealthy suburb of Dallas where much of the Nuevo rich gravitate. It has Cowboys and Stars practice facilities, and one of the largest (and ugliest) retail malls you’ll ever see. Had this happened in the countryfuck areas, it might have gone without notice, as most of the people in those areas have no idea where Lebanon is.

  • latveriandiplomat

    But Lebanon is Biblical!

    Clearly the real solution is to rename the existing country so Americans can enjoy their Biblical references without any messy modern connotations.

  • lldayo

    @8:

    And we thank you for your sweet baloney/bologna.

    Call it baloney again and you’ll be pulling a huge chunk of it out of your ass, lol! That Oscar Mayer crap is like rubber compared to sweet bologna.

  • caseloweraz

    Maybe they could name it “Nonabel High School” — going with the inverse (in some sense) of Lebanon.

  • caseloweraz

    Mikey: There is a suburb of Rochester, NY, named Chili. I had no luck when asking directions, until I found out they pronounce it Ch’eye’-l’eye’! (Accent remains on the first syllable.)

    I think such pronunciation changes are fairly common in the U.S. For instance, the town of New Berlin in southeastern Pennsylvania puts the accent on the “Ber” syllable. Then there is Versailles, KY (“ver-SAILS”) and of course Cairo, IL (“KAY-ro”).

  • illdoittomorrow

    Ed @ 0:

    There are at least 16 cities in the United States named Lebanon.

    Populated, no doubt, by those 100,000,000 (give or take) Mooslims that Barrack HUSSEIN O’Bummer is importing from Mexico. That’s the only way so many cities could have such an un-American name, amirite?

    Back on topic: how about Liberty Freedumb Redneck Booyah High School*? It has a certain ring to it.

    *Waitaminit, Texas still has high schools?

  • elusedated

    I hate this thread for reminding me that I’m living in exile in this particular swath of Texas and for reminding me how much I miss Lebanon Bologna. I was also interested to see a reference to New Berlin, PA, which is about five miles from where I grew up. I heard growing up that the pronunciation change was due to World War I and attempts by the local PA Dutch to disassociate from Germany.

  • dhall

    Also in PA is the city of Dubois – “Doo-boyz,” accent on “Doo.” And the county seat of Centre County is Bellefonte – “Bellfont.” But those French words are so hard to pronounce . . .

  • Al Dente

    Pierre, the capital of South Dakota, is pronounced “Pier” by the natives.

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  • http://www.pixelated-reality.com Alareth

    Did they also go to all the deli’s and meat counters in the town and demand that Lebanon Bologna stop being sold?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000263140906 Donovan

    Dartmouth College is in Lebanon, NH. Well, maybe it’s in Hanover, but close enough that I’m certain it overlaps.

  • escuerd

    dugglebogey @3:

    The Lebanon in Tennessee is pronounced “Leb-nen.” Two syllables only.

    Funny. That actually sounds pretty close to how the country is pronounced by people who live there. It’s also two syllables, except they draw the second vowel out longer. It sounds more like “Leb-neyn”.

  • wildbill

    Wonder how these morons feel about having a street named Lebanon ( the high school is just off this street) or having a church named Lebanon Babtist Church?

  • StevoR

    They say they were originally told it would be called Freedom High School and are disappointed ..

    ..that such an opportunity for an oxymoron was missed?

    I mean really, high school – freedom? Nah, those words don’t quite match up do they? (Esp,. in USA & Western countries.)

    Hmm.. I wonder what they call the High school in Palestine Texas and if realise that’s a place in their country too – apparently it named after Palestine Illinois.

  • dingojack

    Apparently if you keep going northward from Lebanon Road and cross the Red River you’ll find a tiny hamlet in Oklahoma called Lebanon*. (Or so Google Maps says).

    Dingo

    ———

    * I wonder, is there a kebab shop in either?

  • dingojack

    Stevo — Palestine – west of Waco? (Well, south-east of Dallas, but that doesn’t have the same ring does it?) From Dallas to Palestine, the shortest route is via Athens. :)

    Dingo

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Dingojack : I wouldn’t have a clue. Could find out I guess if I could be bothered to. Just recall it from among other things the loss of the ‘Columbia’ orbiter. A sad irony that the first Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon was aboard and so were some precious symbols from the Shoah :

    Ramon, whose mother and grandmother were survivors of Auschwitz, was asked by S. Isaac Mekel, director of development at the American Society for Yad Vashem, to take an item from Yad Vashem aboard STS-107. Ramon carried with him a pencil sketch, “Moon Landscape”, drawn by 16-year-old Petr Ginz, who died in Auschwitz. Ramon also took with him a microfiche copy of the Torah given to him by Israeli president Moshe Katsav and a miniature Torah scroll (from the Holocaust) that was given him by Prof. Yehoyachin Yosef, a Bergen Belsen survivor.[9] Ramon asked the 1939 Club, a Holocaust survivor organization in Los Angeles, for a symbol of the Holocaust to take into outer space with him. A barbed wire mezuzah by the San Francisco artist Aimee Golant was selected. Ramon also took with him a dollar of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.[10] Ramon and the rest of the Columbia crew died over East Texas in the Southern United States during entry into Earth’s atmosphere, 16 minutes prior to scheduled landing. [4] On November 10, 2013, the American Society for Yad Vashem held a special event with the participation of Petr Ginz’s nephew and Ramon’s son Tal, who performed a song he wrote in memory of his father.

    Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilan_Ramon#Space_flight

    We’ll never know what Ramon could’ve contributed to the world today and further into the future had he lived.

  • Donnie

    If the school retains it name, Lebanon, SLC80 would feel the need to nuke the school for having an Arabic name.