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Should All Students Say the Pledge?

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Middle school students within the Sioux Falls School District already say the Pledge of Allegiance every day. The school board had a meeting tonight to change a policy, making it a requirement. Deacon James Boorman was at the meeting and wants the board to change that requirement so all students, including students in high school, say the pledge.

Boorman is a veteran and served his country for over 20 years. He said, "We felt that in particular, in these times of war and conflict, that needed to be done. And it needed to be done on a daily basis. The children need to be reminded on a daily basis that freedom isn't free. That it requires a heavy sacrifice."

The school board said high school students say the pledge during school assemblies or at football games.

Boorman, and some other veterans who were at the meeting, said, "I think that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance on a day to day basis has a cumulative effect. And I think it reminds them every day that someone is out there sacrificing so that they can go to school."

Doug Morrison, School Board President, is in favor of requiring middle school students to say the pledge, but not the high school students. "We treat them more like adults. We don't make adults in their regular jobs say the Pledge of Allegiance. We say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of every school board, just to honor the country, but in high school they get so busy, it's hard to pick out what period each kid will start and where they'll be at," Morrison explained.

 

The school board did not change the policy to require all high school students to say the pledge, but it was approved to change the policy to require middle school students to say it daily.

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