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Florida: Parents Worried After Learning School Name Means 'Massacre'
Local 6 (Florida) ^ | March 30, 2005

Posted on 03/30/2005 11:13:32 PM PST by Stoat

Parents Worried After Learning School Name Means 'Massacre'

 

POSTED: 6:03 pm EST March 30, 2005
UPDATED: 10:53 pm EST March 30, 2005

 

Parents of children who will attend the new Matanzas High School in Flagler County, Fla., are concerned after learning that the Spanish meaning of Matanzas is "massacre," according to a Local 6 News report.
  • The new Matanzas High School in Flagler County, Fla. The Spanish meaning of Matanzas is "massacre."

 

 

  School Board members said they did not know the word's meaning before naming their newest high school Matanzas High School, Local 6 News reported.

  "I bet a lot of people don't know that Matanzas means massacre because we did not know" parent Gene Shane said.

  A battle between Spanish forces and French troops in Florida in 1565 is referred to as Matanzas. In Palm Coast, rivers and golf courses are named after Matanzas.

However, parents said they do not want the historical name associated with their school.

 

  "It is true it is part of history, but that was then. Today is different," parent Joel Shane said. "We are more civilized than we were in those days or that day and age."

  Not all people believe the name should be an issue.

"People should lighten up, it is just a name," parent Tina Rogers said. "Considering all of the history we have, all of the other places called Matanzas -- Matanzas Beach, Matanzas Fort, Matanzas woods -- it is silly. So what if it is going to be called Matanzas High School." "I'm sure there are a lot of other words or names that have violent significance to them and people are not changing those. They are learning to live around them and I think that is the easiest thing to do," Palm Coast resident Floyd Thorp said.

The School Board will take up the issue at the next meeting, Local 6 News reported. Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.



TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: education; florida; schools
Considering the many, many Spanish-speaking people in Florida, it's intriguing that this didn't come up earlier.
1 posted on 03/30/2005 11:13:32 PM PST by Stoat
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To: mhking

"Just Damn" ping :-)


2 posted on 03/30/2005 11:14:13 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

whole bloomin state should be called matanzas


3 posted on 03/30/2005 11:14:39 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (No wonder the Southern Baptist Church threw Greer out: Only one god per church! [Ann Coulter])
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To: Stoat

"Massacre High".

D'OH!

Can't wait to see who or what they pick for a mascot.


4 posted on 03/30/2005 11:17:26 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf

I'm sure they will all be fighting to re-name the school. Should be interesting to see what they come up with next to counter "Massacre High" How 'bout "Fluffy Bunny HS" or "As long as you feel good about yourself, you'll graduate High" the list could go on and on!!


5 posted on 03/30/2005 11:21:10 PM PST by SAMS (Nobody loves a soldier until the enemy is at the gate; Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: Stoat

["It is true it is part of history, but that was then. Today is different," parent Joel Shane said. "We are more civilized than we were in those days or that day and age."]


If they want to switch names for their high school, I hear "Thomas Jefferson" has become available.

But I guess they can't use that because they're more civilized than that in Florida, now.


6 posted on 03/30/2005 11:21:37 PM PST by spinestein (It's funny because it's true.)
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To: Stoat

Matanza (n.) A place where animals are slaughtered for their hides and tallow.


7 posted on 03/30/2005 11:23:00 PM PST by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: SAMS
Now where did we put that Spanish-English Dictionary?



8 posted on 03/30/2005 11:24:36 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: ARCADIA

Slaughter House High - now that is much better...> ;-(


9 posted on 03/30/2005 11:25:28 PM PST by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: silverleaf

how about "massacre at central high?

http://imdb.com/title/tt0074875/


10 posted on 03/30/2005 11:28:32 PM PST by isom35
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To: HiTech RedNeck

LOL--I think you are correct with that statement. However, they are all very civilized in Florida, don't ya know... I love your tagline.


11 posted on 03/30/2005 11:30:56 PM PST by dino1955 (Christ is my King!)
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To: silverleaf; Lijahsbubbe; BearWash
Can't wait to see who or what they pick for a mascot.

Decisions decisions...

12 posted on 03/30/2005 11:32:40 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Stoat

I'll bet the football team would love the name.


13 posted on 03/30/2005 11:35:57 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Tagline schmagline.)
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To: ARCADIA
Similar naming practices:

http://www.city-data.com/city/Slaughterville-Oklahoma.html
This group want to change the name:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1044951.htm
14 posted on 03/30/2005 11:36:29 PM PST by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: Thinkin' Gal

I can see your mind is in the same dark place as mine, tonight.


15 posted on 03/30/2005 11:37:16 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: silverleaf; Thinkin' Gal; All
 

Can't wait to see who or what they pick for a mascot.

( this choice might be a heavy favorite among the local jihadists)

16 posted on 03/30/2005 11:39:42 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Thank you HiTech RedNeck, love the name, and where are you from? Give me a break. Let's all just name call every state that has breaking news.

Just a little cranky, insomnia....


17 posted on 03/30/2005 11:41:36 PM PST by poobear
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To: Jeff Chandler
I'll bet the football team would love the name.

Only when they're winning....losing, particularly a long losing stretch, would be utterly unbearable with a name like that.  But I agree, winning with a name like that would be fantastic  :-)

18 posted on 03/30/2005 11:44:03 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat; silverleaf
So many freaks to choose from.


19 posted on 03/30/2005 11:45:02 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Stoat

You would think the school board would know the difference between "matanza" and "Matanza".


20 posted on 03/30/2005 11:50:37 PM PST by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: poobear
Just a little cranky, insomnia....

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21 posted on 03/30/2005 11:50:37 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

You would think the school board would know the difference between "matanza" and "Matanza".


22 posted on 03/30/2005 11:51:31 PM PST by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: Stoat

Correct, and the fact the history of Matanzas inlet is prominently displayed all over the region. If the parents are that ignorant, the name of the school should be the least of their worries.


23 posted on 03/30/2005 11:54:51 PM PST by flying Elvis
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To: Stoat

...to be renamed "Communist Martyrs High School"...


24 posted on 03/30/2005 11:57:02 PM PST by HolgerDansk ("Oh Bother", said Pooh, as he chambered another round.)
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To: Stoat

"We are more civilized than we were in those days or that day and age."

I don't know about that.


25 posted on 03/30/2005 11:58:07 PM PST by kalee
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To: HolgerDansk

"Communist Martyrs High School"...

Now that's more like it!


26 posted on 03/31/2005 12:03:24 AM PST by poobear
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To: Stoat
There as is even a river by that name and a bay right in St.Augustine.

This is about some ridiculous parents. Some people need to get over themselves.... they are probably transplanted yankees but unlike me... they just do not love the South or the history of Florida.

27 posted on 03/31/2005 12:08:56 AM PST by Lion in Winter (LIFE SPRINGS ETERNAL!!)
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To: Lion in Winter

Well hello Lion in Winter! 'Bout time someone said it!


28 posted on 03/31/2005 12:28:44 AM PST by poobear
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To: Stoat

Bhahahaha

This is as funney as towns baning HOH (water)


29 posted on 03/31/2005 12:38:43 AM PST by quietolong
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To: Stoat

The name is a problem depending upon who is being Matanzased.


30 posted on 03/31/2005 2:30:54 AM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: ARCADIA

How bout Abbatoir High?


31 posted on 03/31/2005 3:11:29 AM PST by stands2reason (When in doubt, err on the side of life.)
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To: spinestein

["It is true it is part of history, but that was then. Today is different," parent Joel Shane said. "We are more civilized than we were in those days or that day and age."]

Yeah, sure...now we legislate death by starvation, that is certainly more civilized.


32 posted on 03/31/2005 4:45:25 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: Dudoight
I don't know about our being more civilised, but we sure are more "sensitive"...

People get upset over the stupidest things these days..

33 posted on 03/31/2005 5:56:36 AM PST by Drammach (Freedom; not just a job, it's an adventure..)
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To: Thinkin' Gal
How about re-naming that school for a Floridian? OJ Simpson-Matanzas High School. They could outfit the marching band in Bruno Maglis and get a white bronco as a mascot.

34 posted on 03/31/2005 6:16:16 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: poobear
"Communist Martyrs High School"...

That's a great name, Mudhead!

35 posted on 03/31/2005 6:19:20 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (Everything that I've written on it for the past two years is GONE!)
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