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Pledge Of Allegiance Policy Brings Waves Of Comments

November 14, 2013, 5:03 PM by Don Jorgensen

Pledge Of Allegiance Policy Brings Waves Of Comments
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The Sioux Falls school board is taking lots of heat over the Pledge of Allegiance.

Earlier this week, the board expanded its policy to require middle school students to recite the pledge, just like they do in the elementary schools.

But when it didn't require high school students to say the pledge, that set off a fire storm of controversy all over the country.

The Sioux Falls school board is making national headlines following Tuesday night's meeting where board members were asked by veterans to require high school students to say the Pledge of Allegiance. School Board President Doug Morrison wants to set the record straight.

"We're basically getting bombarded with calls and emails across the country, not from a local perspective, but from people who think we took it out of the high school," Morrison said.

If anything, Morrison says people should be glad the board expanded its policy to require middle school students to recite the pledge before class.

The school district hasn't required high school students to say the Pledge of Allegiance since the 1970's. Morrison says before Tuesday night's discussion, the board never heard from anyone in the community about the Pledge of Allegiance. 

"We were a little caught off guard that this was such an issue, because it hasn't been in the high school for 50 years here in the community, so how would we know other than direct feedback we get that the community would want that," Morrison said.

But Morrison says judging by all the attention it's getting now, it might be time to revisit the board's policy.

"So there's very little we can do to react other than to weather the storm and regroup and say what does our community want," Morrison said.

Not all high schools require students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, but students do in Harrisburg and Luverne, Minnesota.

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