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Public gets it say over bible versus on cheerleader banners in Kountze

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The age old battle of separation of public schools and church was center stage in a packed school room in the tiny east Texas town of Kountze Tuesday.

For Cheerleaders at Kountze high school it was their parents and some community members cheering them on before the school board.

This after a lawsuit filed by the district citing the girls can't hold signs with biblical versus.

Right now, a temporary injunction is in place giving the girls temporary permission to continue making there signs and until a final order is read  council members wanted to hear from the public.

"I'm proud of my girls" said Randall Jennings. "This lawsuit shouldn't still be happening's tearing the town apart" claimed another parent in hopes their pleas will be heard and hopefully restore the spirit in their small community.

 That's really why a number of community members showed up at Kountze Intermediate School "praying" that public opinion and outrage is more than enough to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the district.

Cheeleaders claim they were just trying to inspire and motive by holding banners with biblical versus written on them but someone said otherwise.

"The fact that someone complained that's one party we live in America a city that grants
 free speech" said Jeff Mateer who's representing some of the cheerleaders explained how after a complaint was filed the school Superintendent  restricted the girls from making anymore spiritual signs.

However after attorneys got involved they were granted a temporary injunction meaning right now these girls can continue with making signs however they want while both sides prepare for trial.

"We shouldn't have religious banners they should remain secular because I went to the school here I graduated 2005 - I've been an atheist since 8th grade" since voicing her opinion Lindsey Brackin says she's received a number of death threats but believes she's just as passionate as the cheerleaders who tonight are not the ones cheering but rather in the crowd.
"I hope that we can all be at peace no matter how this turns out or what happens."

After school board members heard all opinions they went into executive sessions before deciding to table to issue until March 8th. Trial is set for June.

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