Liberty Institute Says Kountze Community Has Lost Faith In School Board Over Inaction

Mar 01, 2013, 18:44 ET from Liberty Institute

Attorneys Say: "It could end now if KISD would simply follow the law!"

KOUNTZE, Texas, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Liberty Institute and Beaumont Attorney David Starnes made the following statement in response to the Kountze ISD's Board of Trustees' email regarding lifting a ban on run-through banners with religious messages.  The board's statement came two days after it held a meeting to hear public feedback about the Matthews v. Kountze ISD lawsuit; 16 of 17 speakers participating supported lifting the ban on run-through banners.


"It is obvious that the Kountze citizens have lost faith in their school board," said Jeff Mateer, General Counsel for Liberty Institute. "They have continued to delay taking meaningful action.  For five months now, this school board has refused to lift Kevin Weldon's ban that forbids the Kountze cheerleaders from using Bible verses on their sporting-event banners. Despite the Attorney General's advice and Liberty Institute's offer to defend the school district for free, this school board continues to needlessly run up litigation costs. It could end now if KISD would simply follow the law."

With Starnes, Liberty Institute represents 12 Kountze Cheerleaders in the Matthews v. Kountze ISD lawsuit, which is pending in the District Court of Hardin County, Texas.  The case is set for trial in June and depositions will continue next week.

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