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Southeast Texas school district will appeal a judge’s decision to let cheerleaders to display banners with Bible messages at district sporting events.

Earlier this month, a judge ruled student-made religious banners could be displayed in the Kountze school district during on-campus sports games. (You can read that ruling here)

The district has now asked a Texas appeals court to clarify the lower court ruling.   The school board wants to know, specifically, whether the ruling that allow cheerleaders to use the Scripture signs at games is based on their right to free speech.

The district’s attorney, Tom Brandt, has said in a statement:

We think the attorneys on the other side are reading into the court’s decision rights that just aren’t there.

The school district believes that it is in everyone’s best interests to seek clarification rather than subject the district to additional costly litigation in the future. The school board’s decision to appeal was not made lightly, particularly given the fact that the district court’s order actually granted some of the relief the school district sought, namely, that Kountze ISD is not required to prohibit religious-themed banners at school sporting events.

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