Supreme Court Rules for High School Cheerleader in Free-Speech Case Over Snapchat Post

Posted on AllSides June 23rd, 2021
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The Supreme Court extended its protection of student speech to social media on Wednesday, by an 8-1 ruling that a Pennsylvania school district overstepped its authority by punishing a high-school cheerleader who used a vulgar word on Snapchat when she didn’t make the varsity cheerleading team.

The case stems from a May 2017 Snapchat post that Brandi Levy, then a high-school sophomore in Mahanoy City, Pa., sent to some 250 followers after failing to make the varsity cheerleading squad.

“F— school f— softball f— cheer f— everything,” the 14-year-old, frustrated at the...

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