As if to prove a point made by a Texas Education Agency investigation into financial mismanagement, Weslaco Independent School District trustees have threatened to spend taxpayer money to sue the local newspaper.

In dudgeon as high as only school boards can muster, Weslaco board members promised to take “any legal action necessary to preserve its rights,” unless the McAllen Monitor removes from its website a story based on the TEA audit and the text of a confidential memo sent to board members outlining the investigation’s results, the Monitor is reporting.

The story, published on Nov. 1, focuses on several criticisms by the TEA of decisions made under former Superintendent Richard Rivera for the school district, between McAllen and Harlingen.