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Wednesday morning the Supreme Court sided with a student who claimed her Pennsylvania high school violated her First Amendment rights. The court ruled 8-1 in favor of Brandi Levy who was suspended from Mahanoy Area High School’s junior varsity cheerleading team after sending two profanity-heavy messages on Snapchat criticizing the school while away from school grounds.

According to The Hill:


“F— school f— softball f— cheer f— everything,” the 14-year-old wrote in a 2017 post on Snapchat alongside a picture of herself and a friend with raised middle fingers. Levy sent the Snap on a weekend while at a convenience store.

The post eventually made its way to the school’s cheerleading coaches, who suspended Levy from the junior varsity cheering squad for a year, prompting her lawsuit against Mahanoy Area High School in rural Pennsylvania.

The 8-1 ruling could have considerable implications for student’s First Amendment rights in a time dominated by social media that has blurred the lines between on-and-off campus speech.

CNBC reports:

The justices had weighed whether a 1969 court decision, which held that public schools have the ability to regulate certain speech, applied in this case, when the speech had occurred off campus.

The decision Wednesday said “courts must be more skeptical of a school’s efforts to regulate off-campus speech, for doing so may mean the student cannot engage in that kind of speech at all.”

The ruling also said that a school “will rarely stand in loco parentis” — in the place of the student’s parent — “when a student speaks off campus.”

Supreme Court Justice Thomas dissented in the court’s ruling.




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Linda
Linda
1 year ago

While I agree with the ruling one can hope this young woman has developed more genteel descriptive words.

Cdoty
Cdoty
1 year ago

Why would you want her on your team if she hated it so much??? I agree with her being off the cheerleading team!!

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 year ago
Reply to  Cdoty

I agree with the court ruling. I disagree with the girl’s actions

John
John
1 year ago

If i were the parent, i would have grounded her for the year.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
1 year ago
Reply to  John

Along with a good bend over my left knee for a good spanking. I’m glad for the decision, but the kids of today are lacking some serious parenting!
Parents are to busy working for the BIG house and 2 luxury cars they more than likely can’t afford.
I want to clarify: not ALL, but MANY!

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 year ago
Reply to  John

My daddy would have beat my ass