Published Online: June 4, 2013
Published in Print: June 5, 2013, as Texas School District Appeals Banner Ruling

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Texas School District Appeals Banner Ruling

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A southeast Texas school district is appealing a court ruling that allowed high school cheerleaders to display at football games banners emblazoned with Bible verses.

The Kountze district says it wants the 9th Texas Court of Appeals, in Beaumont, to clarify whether the Kountze High School cheerleaders have a free-speech right to include the religious messages.

The district says state District Judge Steve Thomas ruled the banners were allowed under the U.S. Constitution but stopped short of saying the cheerleaders had a free-speech right to them.

District lawyer Tom Brandt said the cheerleaders' legal advocates "are reading into the court's decision rights that just aren't there."

The Liberty Institute, a religious-rights group, is representing the cheerleaders.

Vol. 32, Issue 33, Page 4

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