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Kountze cheerleaders religious banner message court ruling could be appealed
KOUNTZE - The attorney representing Kountze cheerleaders tells KFDM News that he is likely to appeal a court ruling that allows the cheerleaders to display religious messages on banners because the school district gets to control the messages.
Plaintiffs' attorney David Starnes said it's a slippery slope if the district can control the message. Starnes also said he doesn't guarantee an appeal.
The Ninth Court of Appeals released its opinion today (Thursday) in the case. The court said because the school district changed its policy in response to a lawsuit from cheerleaders' parents -- the parents' arguments were a moot point.
Starnes said he also considered today's ruling a partial victory because the cheerleaders have secured the right to display religious messages. He said if the district had not tried to stop them in the beginning, today's ruling would not have been necessary.
Meanwhile, the district's attorney calls today's court ruling a complete victory. The district's attorney says school leaders will continue to allow religious messages on banners as it allows other messages, if they're appropriate.