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Slater mayor urges social media users to stop targeting councilman

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

During the Slater City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, Mayor Stephen Allegri had a strong message for anonymous callers and Internet posters who have incorrectly attributed a social media post to city councilman Terry Jordan.

"Our Terry has been inundated and the city has been inundated with threats and calls," he said. "Well, Terry didn't do this."

Jordan has been at the center of an Internet storm since a video and statement encouraging a "kill pit bull" day were posted on YouTube three days ago by someone using the same name.

"Do your research people, this is not the man," Allegri said. "We don't know who he is, but it is an insult to us and it's an insult to Terry, and I think the people that wrote these letters need to write letters of apology. Just because you read it on the Internet doesn't make it true. There are over 4,000 Terry Jordans in this country."

Slater's Jordan may have been incorrectly attributed to the post because of his work with developing a new animal ordinance for the city of Slater.

The city of Slater spent more than a year developing a pet ordinance. During that time they addressed the pit bull issue.

"We found out not all pit bulls are dangerous animals and that they are no more dangerous than any other dog," Allegri said. The final ordinance passed by the council was not breed specific.

"Pit bull owners, if you want to support your dogs, you should support this council because we changed a pit bull ban to a vicious dog ordinance," Allegri said.

He encouraged those responding to the Internet posts to do their research before targeting Jordan.

"People have threatened his life and they have threatened his family," Allegri said.

Jordan, who said he wasn't Internet savvy, has asked for help to dispel the rumors.

"Anyone who tweets or anybody does Facebook or YouTube, I could use some support here," he said. "I am not this person. We want to stop it. I don't want to see anybody hurt dogs or people."

After addressing this issue, Allegri moved on to a lighter topic in his report.

"On a happier note for the city of festivals, the Slater Fall Festival begins Thursday night," he said. "It's going to be a great time. The weather is going to be perfect."

He also praised those who have helped organize the festival, including Jenny Crawford.

"She does a lot of work," Allegri said. "This isn't something you put together in a week. It is a year-long project."

In more good news, Allegri commented on the city's goal to clean-up dilapidated buildings. He said one home is under construction and two more are close to being built.

"There are lots available for anybody who wants to build a house in Slater," he said. "It's part of our becoming 'the cleanest little town in Missouri.'"

In new business, Assistant Administrator Gene Griffith also addressed a public notice recently sent out to all Slater water customers.

The notice was required by the Department of Natural Resources after the average of yearly water tests concluded June 30 were slightly over maximum contaminant levels at 85.73. This exceeded the maximum contaminant level by 5.73 millionths of a gram per liter.

"This was not an emergency, it was a public notice," Griffith said. "You do not need to switch to bottled water. It's not that our water was unsafe. If it was unsafe DNR would have notified us immediately when the higher test would have come back in April."

The July 2012 test was 53.74 millionths of a gram per liter, well below limits, Griffith noted.

In a press release, Slater officials noted they will continue to work closely with DNR, Missouri Rural Water Association and the city engineering firm on taking immediate steps to deal with the issue.

Contact Marcia Gorrell at mgorrell@marshallnews.com

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Perhaps Slater should throw a Terry Jordan doesn't hate pit bulls festival. Festivals seem to be their answer for everything else.

-- Posted by SayleenCounty on Fri, Sep 21, 2012, at 12:01 PM

Please let Mr. Jordan know that we aired his interview this past Tuesday night (while he was attending the Council Meeting).

We've had several pit bull people express their shock and offer sincere apologies for the behavior of those that participated in this knee-jerk behavior.

If Mr. Jordan wishes to hear the interview and comments, he can listen online at:


We want Slater Officials to know that not everyone in the pit bull community behaves so recklessly and without regard to the old "innocent till proven guilty".

We would also like to thank the Slater Officials for passing a 'community safety' based animal ordinance rather than a breed specific law.

Jo Staats - Pit Bulletin Legal News Radio


-- Posted by PitBulletinLegalNews on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 10:42 AM

I agree 100% with Deadliest Catch. I don't believe for a moment he said or did any of this, but even if he had, threatening his life and his family is completely ridiculous.

-- Posted by opin on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 7:42 PM

If anyone knows "Slaters" Terry Jordan knows that he's a lot better person than that, and the same with his family. Even if he made that comment, its not worth threatening his life. Grow up people.

-- Posted by Deadliest Catch on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 6:50 PM

I think people need to find other things to do with their time then to go after one person and their family for something they didn't do! Enough is enough and they need to grow up!

Yes I agree that Uncle Terry should get the FBI involved since himself and his family are being targeted! Uncle Terry is a wonderful, caring person that would give you the shirt off his back if needed. He has helped others in many ways.



-- Posted by Freckles2 on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 3:40 PM

I think Terry Jordan needs to get the FBI involved.

-- Posted by Pasta on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 3:09 PM

I went back through the papers stories on the animal control before going to youtube to defend Jordan (to make sure he had not made any comments that could be against pitbulls). I was stopped, not by any comments he made about the pitbulls, but by another comment he made. I find no reason to defend a man who makes comments that are exaggerated and half-truths to get his own way. So, good luck finding a defender other than the mayor, Mr. Jordan.

-- Posted by landreth on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 11:40 AM

Smart Dog,

To get links to pop up for that every time you would have to buy it with the search provider. That is how MOST of them work. The link's owner pays for it. The more they pay, the higher it goes on the list.

-- Posted by landreth on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 11:20 AM

You tell us, "Smart Dog".

-- Posted by mizufan12 on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 11:01 AM

Anybody know how to get links to Steve McQueen Days and the Bear Creek Blues Festival to pop up every time you Google "Terry Jordan?"

-- Posted by Smart Dog on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 10:33 AM

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