Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Dismissed Cheerleader Re: Free Speech

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

On June 23, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled 8 to 1 in favor of a student’s right to free speech when she produced a profane Snapchat posting in response to her not being selected to her high school’s varsity cheerleading squad. The student was off campus when she produced the post; she did not name the school, nor did she mention any students or faculty by name and direct any profanity to any individual or threats to any individual or group. SCOTUS also determined that the post did not disrupt the school.

From the “Syllabus” (an intro of sorts with page numbers referencing sections in the full, 42-page opinion) of the Mahoney Area School District vs. B.L. ruling:

Mahanoy Area High School (PA) student B. L. failed to make the school’s varsity cheerleading squad. While visiting a local convenience store over the weekend, B…

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