A majority of the community speakers Thursday night [at the School Board meeting] asked board members to strike the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" and replace them with "other human differences."
Thursday night's forum grew heated when state Sen. Gordon Howie, R-Rapid City, urged members to vote against the new policy because constituents disagree with it and that he would consider drafting legislation to pull education funding if they approved it.
Board member Wes Storm cut Howie off mid-sentence and later called the comments a "blatant threat of power" to the board.
State Rep. Don Kopp, R-Rapid City, said he wouldn't be in line with Howie's suggestion, but he would consider drafting legislation to simply block the policy change.
Maybe the school board itself needs anti-bullying legislation to protect it from such tactics. Honestly I think both lawmakers should be censured for essentially threatening local officials deliberations. (It isn't even Howie's district!)
The Citizens For Liberty [For People Like Us] threatened to cause a ruckus at the next meeting on January 7. Apparently they are quite proud of their bigotry and want to put it on display yet again.
Barb Lindberg of Citizens for Liberty said they plan to hold emergency town hall meetings and give stronger resistance at the next meeting.
"We're sticking to what we said," she said.