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Education

Lancaster school board officially adopts new nickname

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The Lancaster school board may have voted last night to replace Redskins as the teams nickname with Legends, but supporters of the old name aren't going away.

Those supporters were loud and vocal Monday night during the board meeting. Opponents had signs and shouts and shirts proclaiming "Change it Back."

Town police were at the meeting and moved into the crowd.

High school senior Emily Koeppel says she wasn't allowed to vote for Redskins during a student vote.
        
"I have never felt more divided in my four years here at Lancaster High School for this whole thing. Every single one of you are to be held for that," Koeppel said.

"We could have been over this with just one vote. We asked for it, we didn't get it. Sure, you give us a vote now. But is that fair. A choice that some of us want isn't on there."

Koeppel says it's a violation of her First Amendment rights that she couldn't vote to keep Redskins.

The issue has been extremely divisive in the district for much of the school year. The board refused to allow an overall public vote on the issue but did allow students to choose among seven other names and they chose Legends.

Redskins supporter and new board member Brenda Christopher attacked current board members, especially Patrick Uhteg.

"I don't expect you to change your opinion. That's not what I was looking to do. We wanted to be heard. If you gave us an opportunity to sit and make a decision as a group, like we originally planned to do back in August, we wouldn't be here right now. We feel like we had no say in what happened to 68 years," Christopher said.

Board President Kenneth Graber says use of the old name is now barred and all participants in sports will get new equipment with the new name.