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Slater councilman feels wrath of false Internet post

Monday, September 17, 2012

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."

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I have known Terry for over 30 years, you would be hard pressed to find a better man!

-- Posted by Gal66 on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 6:53 AM

negative attention! what about the negative he put on pit bulls? just speaking for the dogs!

-- Posted by ccwn73 on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 10:07 PM

Any way to work in some plugs for Steve McQueen Days and the Bear Creek Blues Festival into this thing?


-- Posted by Smart Dog on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 7:36 PM

I have already linked to this on Facebook were people were calling for violence against Terry. Sick that someone would put this kind of negitive attention on someone.

-- Posted by STLgirlMarshallMom on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 7:29 PM

I know Terry. He is a friend of mine. He is a very kind and caring person. I hope this doesn't do him any harm.

-- Posted by broke-n-busted on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 7:18 PM