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Ruling expected around 1 p.m. in Kountze cheerleader case

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Lawyers this morning have presented their closing arguments and are expected to meet with the judge one more time before he makes his ruling in the case involving banners the Kountze High School cheerleaders wish to display at football games.

Closing arguments began at 8 a.m. in Hardin County before Judge Steve Thomas and wrapped up shortly after 9 a.m.  The Judge is expected to announce his decision sometime after lunch today.

The controversy began when the cheerleading squad at Kountze High School was told it had to stop displaying the banners because the district received a complaint. The complaint was lodged by Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, who said it was acting on behalf of someone who wished to remain anonymous.

Acting on legal advice, school superintendent Kevin Weldon told the cheerleaders the banners had to go.

Some of the cheerleaders filed a lawsuit against the school district after the ban went into place, saying since they make the banners on their free time and pay for the supplies, they should not be denied freedom of speech.

On October 4th, Judge Thomas denied the cheerleaders a temporary injunction, but instead granted a 14-day extension of a temporary restraining order, allowing use of the banners until a decision could be reached in court.