KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Vets React To Threats Against Board Members



Bookmark and Share

A change in the Pledge of Allegiance Policy in Sioux Falls Schools has led to school board members receiving death threats. For some, the upset is fueled by the idea that the board’s decision disrespects veterans. But has it all gone too far?

Commander Ken Teunissen, of American Legion Post 15 said veterans are upset about the board's decision, but he said what's happened since the vote is wrong. Teunissen said the threats have taken things way too far.

"The death threats and the hate emails, and the hate letters, and the hate phone calls, that's uncalled for," Teunissen said.
    
Teunissen is a Vietnam veteran, recipient of a Purple Heart, and a part of numerous veteran groups in the area. He said he too doesn't agree with the Sioux Falls School Board's decision, but said no one deserves this type of treatment.

"It’s not doing anybody and any good and its definitely not showing the veterans their respect," Teunissen said.
   
On Nov. 12, the school board unanimously voted to change the district's 'Flag Displays and Patriotic Activity' policy to mirror what has already been practiced in schools. Elementary school students have always been required to say the Pledge of Allegiance daily. Middle school students, did, but weren't required too, until now. Teunissen said all veterans want is for the board to expand the policy to include high schools.

"We have veterans all over this state, all over the nation, and all over the world that have given a lot of time, more than ten seconds,” Teunissen said.

Board members said high schools can't fit anything else into their schedules. Teunissen said it’s a small amount of time vets will fight to get into the school day. But the fight they will put up he said, will be honorable, and respectful.

"(The threats are not) supporting those veterans that have honorably served, honorably gave, and for those who gave their life, there's no respect when you threaten someone with their life," Teunissen explained.

Teunissen said at the next school board meeting, a number of veterans will be present. He said they will formally tell board members the threats have not come from veterans.

Some veterans have submitted letters to the board requesting them to change the policy. A few will be speaking at the meeting to plead their case again.


< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

SD Counties Launch Absentee Voting For Primary

Absentee voting for South Dakota primary elections opens Friday. All 66 ...

US Delays Review Of Keystone XL Pipeline

The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the ...

Fight Breaks Out At Sioux Falls Bar

A concert at a Sioux Falls bar turned into a fight early Friday morning. Police say that ...

SFPD: Murder Weapon Found In Dumpster  Apr. 18

Family Waits For Apology In 1971 Disappearance  Apr. 18

USDA Orders Farms To Report PED Cases  Apr. 18

Man Dies In 2 Vehicle Accident In Vermillion  Apr. 18

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Climbs To 4.5 Percent  Apr. 18

Iowa Woman, Employee Charged With Arson  Apr. 18

Progressive Slot Machines Unveiled In Deadwood  Apr. 18

SD Family Recognized For Conservation Efforts  Apr. 18

Man In Custody After 3-Hour Standoff In Rapid City  Apr. 18

New Salmon Species Being Considered For Lake Oahe  Apr. 18

Rep. Noem Joining Delegation To Asia-Pacific  Apr. 18

'Collection, Compressed' Exhibit On Display At USD  Apr. 18

Steph And Phil Review This Weekend's Flicks  story with video  Apr. 18

How 5th Graders Used $5 To Make A Difference  story with video  Apr. 17

Growing Up With Shaken Baby Syndrome  story with video  Apr. 17

Sioux Falls Murder Suspect Appears In Court   Apr. 17

JazzFest Lineup Announced  Apr. 17

State Offers Training For Blind, Visually Impaired  Apr. 17

End In Sight For Worthington Water Woes?  story with video  Apr. 17

SD Minerals Board OKs Conflict Of Interest Rules  Apr. 17

SD Gets Nearly $310K For Specialty Crop Grants  Apr. 17

'Project Exile' Heroin Sweep Arrests More Than 65  Apr. 17

New SD Policies Cut Parolee's Time, Management  Apr. 17

Minnesota State Team To Return Under Hoffner  Apr. 17

KDLT News Archive
     

Drugs, Cash, Shotgun Seized From SF Home

A Sioux Falls man is behind bars, facing multiple drug charges. Sioux Falls Police ...

Sioux Falls Murder Suspect Appears In Court

The man accused of murdering a 53-year-old woman in ...

SF Police ID Murder Victim, Suspect

Sioux Falls Police have released the name of the woman who was ...

Growing Up With Shaken Baby Syndrome  story with video  Apr. 17

More Wagner Residents Indicted On Meth Charges  Apr. 17

Man Dies In 2 Vehicle Accident In Vermillion  Apr. 18

How 5th Graders Used $5 To Make A Difference  story with video  Apr. 17

SFPD: Murder Weapon Found In Dumpster  Apr. 18

KDLT News Archive
     

Waterloo Ends Stampede Season & Arena Tenure  story with video

Sioux Falls, SD--The Sioux Falls Stampede era at the Arena ...

Skyforce Fumble Game 1 Away To Fort Wayne  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  The Fort Wayne Mad Ants rallied from ...

Skyforce Ready For The Mad Ants  story with video

The Sioux Falls Skyforce is two wins away from the NBA D-League Finals. In their way ...

Plays Of The Week April 7th - April 13th  story with video  Apr. 16

Lincoln sweeps city track titles  story with video  Apr. 15

Cougars, SMSU split in baseball  story with video  Apr. 15

Jacks outscore UND behind Splett's 2 HR's  story with video  Apr. 15

Augie softball sweeps SMSU  story with video  Apr. 15

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top