This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Liberty Institute Disappointed By Kountze School Board's Decision To Delay Lifting Of Unlawful Ban On Cheerleaders' Free Speech

16 of 17 Speakers Support Lifting Ban on Run-Through Banners at Special Board Meeting

KOUNTZE, Texas, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last night Liberty Institute General Counsel Jeff Mateer asked the Kountze ISD Board to lift the ban on the cheerleaders' run-through banners with religious messages. Mateer was among 17 speakers—16 of whom supported lifting the banners ban—offering input to the board of trustees at a special board meeting, held to receive public feedback on the Matthews v. Kountze ISD case.



"Despite receiving overwhelming input from the community supporting the cheerleaders, the School Board simply kicked the can down the road instead of immediately lifting the unlawful ban on the Cheerleaders' private free speech," Mateer said.  "We are disappointed by this delay. The lawsuit will continue as we prepare for the June trial."

Approximately 60 community members attended the special meeting during which the board of trustees went into executive session twice, once at the beginning of the meeting and after receiving public comments, only to return with two motions delaying any action lifting the ban on the Cheerleaders' banners. The first motion extended the period during which the public can submit written input on the run-through banners. The second addressed the development of a new written policy regarding run-through banners and the student's private speech rights following the extended written submission period.

With Beaumont attorney David 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.

Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty's vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our Founding Fathers. For information, visit

SOURCE Liberty Institute

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $93.24 -0.41%
FB $117.81 -0.21%
GOOG $701.43 0.82%
TSLA $211.53 -4.96%
YHOO $36.94 2.61%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,660.71 +9.45 0.05%
S&P 500 2,050.63 -0.49 -0.02%
NASDAQ 4,717.0940 -8.5450 -0.18%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs