Rapid City Schools expand Pledge policy

It looks like the recent policy change by the Sioux Falls School District may have started something.

The Associated Press had this story this morning:

RAPID CITY — Students in all grades of South Dakota’s two largest districts are now asked to stand up and recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning.

KOTA-TV reports Rapid City’s district policy followed a decision by Sioux Falls to expand it to high schools.

Students at both districts have the option of whether to put their hand on the heart and recite the pledge.

Rapid City Central High School junior Christian Bears says reciting the pledge is a way to support the country. Freshman Kyle Aubert says schools should do it for the troops.

The original KOTA-TV story says the schools had no policy in place.

Rep. Hal Wick said he intends to bring forth a bill which could make schools make time for the Pledge every day, stopping short of forcing them to say it.

You can read more about the Sioux Falls School District policy change here.