August 6, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — A group of Southeast Texas high school cheerleaders is asking the Texas Supreme Court to rule on whether banners emblazoned with Bible verses it displays at football games is protected free speech.

The Kountze Independent School District had initially banned the displays but later allowed them. However, the district retained the right to restrict the banners’ content.

A state appeals court in May ruled the cheerleaders are no longer at risk of being kept from displaying the banners because of the policy change. In a petition filed Wednesday, though, the cheerleaders’ attorneys contend the school district lacks the right to restrict the banners’ content because it’s the cheerleaders’ constitutionally protected private speech.

At attorney for the school district didn’t respond to a call for comment.

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