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High School Students Talk About Pledge Of Allegiance

November 13, 2013, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

High School Students Talk About Pledge Of Allegiance

10 seconds! That's how long it takes to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

But at the same time, the board told area veterans there wasn't enough time in the day to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on a daily basis in high schools.

That didn't sit well with the veterans and a lot of you who responded to our story on social media criticizing the board for not expanding its policy to require high school students to recite the pledge.

Sioux Falls elementary students have long been required to say the Pledge of Allegiance every day.

This was a special ceremony outside a Sioux Falls elementary school shortly after 9-11. 

Last night, the school board refused to expand its policy to the high school level. 

We asked students at Lincoln High School, where patriotism often involves more than just the mascot, how they feel about the issue, 

"I think it's kind of sad we don't say it, because I feel like we don't support our veterans without saying it, because they risk their lives for us every day," Hanna Liddiard said.

"I think it would be fine, it would be good more than anything, pledging your allegiance to the country, it's probably controversial , because of that under God part of it," Chris Akins said.

"I wouldn't mind it, I think it's respectful to the country and shows that you care for all the freedoms you get," Logan Mueller said.

School board members argued that it's not feasible for high school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day, because of the time it takes.

"In ad room, we just read, it's 15 minutes of reading, we could take two minutes out of that to say the Pledge of Allegiance," Liddiard said.

One parent, who was waiting to pick up his son, agrees.

"You're pledging your allegiance to your country. That's what our servicemen are doing right now, they are pledging their allegiance to our country and they are overseas fighting and giving their lives for the freedoms we're supposed to have," Ken Pierson said. 

For now, high school students won't be required to do what younger students get to do every day.

We also spoke with school board member Kent Alberty Wednesday. He says the district could review its policy in the future to include high school students.

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