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Faith Under Fire: Student Religious Speech in Schools

Student speech or state speech?

At a training camp back in 2012, Kountz Independent School District cheerleaders decided to put uplifting messages on their run-through banners instead of the standard phrases like “Destroy the Dogs.” Some of the newer phrases came straight from the Bible.

The Kountz Independent School District (a public school district) has argued the student-made banners on school property must be “state speech.”

Well, the Texas Supreme Court has just handed down a verdict in favor of the cheerleaders.

Jeremy Dys, Deputy General Counsel with First Liberty Institute, unpacks the case. He breaks down the difference between private student religious speech and state speech.