UPDATE: Cheerleaders legal rights restored

Late last Friday (Sept. 21) afternoon, a judge granted a Temporary Restraining Order against Kountze Independent School District so that the cheerleaders can continue to encourage their football team with spirited banners and signs. 

The cheerleaders were represented by Liberty Institute, a Christian-based, pro-family legal group. 


Original Alert 

Take Action: High School cheerleaders told no Bible verses on signs

Send an email to TASB Executive Director James Crow, urging him to correct this error.
September 20, 2012

According to the Associated Press, some Southeast Texas cheerleaders have been told to stop putting Bible verses on banners for high school football games.

The Texas Association of School Boards this week advised the Kountze (koontz) Independent School District not to allow such signs.

Superintendent Kevin Weldon contacted the association after the Freedom from Religion Foundation notified him that a resident complained about the signs.

Weldon then told parents that student groups are not allowed to display religious signs at school-sponsored events. Weldon says the ban includes run-through banners at football games.

Cheerleader Macy Matthews says no school money was used and the signs weren't made on school property.

The Liberty Institute on Wednesday said banning religious speech on student-made signs is discriminatory.

Kountze is 85 miles northeast of Houston.

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Send an email to TASB Executive Director James Crow, urging him to correct this error. Let him know that banning student speech on banners because it is from a religious viewpoint is a violation of the student's rights.

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