Topeka school board should change district’s name

Seaman school district is named after a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Students deserve better

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October 20, 2021 - 10:11 AM

The Seaman USD 345 School Board needs to do what’s right, not what’s popular.

Fred Seaman, who the school district is named for, was a known leader of the Ku Klux Klan. As a result, his name has no business being associated with a public school system in 2021. If even one child is emotionally wounded by such a historical dagger, the name should be changed.

At a recent school board meeting, the school district released a report after a months-long study into the name. The report included results of a survey it took gathering opinions of 3,557 people, with 56% of those surveyed being former Seaman students. Of those, 48% advocated keeping the name, 17% supported changing the name, 6% had no preference and 29% had no response.

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