Slater City Councilman Terry Jordan never took interest in Facebook or Twitter, but the social networks have buzzed about him all afternoon.
At approximately 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, the Slater Police Department, Slater City Hall and Jordan's business began receiving phone calls regarding a viral social network post. The uproar stemmed from an Internet post that called for violence against pit bulls. But Jordan seemed nearly as horrified by the post as the Internet did.
"We don't know who posted it, and I don't know how to stop it," Jordan said.
While Jordan helped create a vicious animal ordinance earlier this year, this law merely places safety restrictions on pet owners. Prior to passing these laws, Jordan supported immediately listing pit bulls as vicious. The Slater City Council thoroughly researched its animal ordinance. Midway through the discussions, Jordan changed his views on pit bulls. After hearing expert opinions, he and the Slater City Council decided a breed specific law could hurt the city.
"We did change our minds," he said. "We made a vicious dog ordinance and not a pit bull specific ordinance."
Jordan said a caller from Chicago read him the viral post. The slew of publicity and the nature of the comments has shocked Jordan. While Jordan stands by the decision he made regarding the vicious dog ordinance, he said he'd never suggested violence against pit bulls.
"I don't do that, I don't live my life like that," Jordan said. "... I don't know which Terry Jordan it is, but it was not me."