The Supreme Court has determined that a Pennsylvania public school board wrongly suspended a 14-year-old cheerleader for her off-campus social media post.
The case involved a high school freshman's "f-bomb"-laden snapchat post aimed at the school she attends. She was said to be frustrated after failing to make the varsity cheerleading team.
It is apparently undisputed that the girl made the profane post from her personal cell phone, off school property, on a Saturday.
A school coach reported the teen's social media post to the school district. The school district suspended her from the junior varsity cheer team for a year as a result.
The teen and her parents sued the school board for violating her First Amendment right to free speech.
The Supreme Court sided with the student and parents.
[T]he school itself has an interest in protecting a student’s unpopular expression, especially when theStephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
expression takes place off campus, because America’s public schools are the nurseries of democracy.
Click here to read the Supreme Court opinion
FRANK J KOLB says
This is what the country has become, and I don't know if it's able to be saved. Our children are being taught that disrespect and vulgar attacks against an entity that disagrees with you is acceptable. If the schools themselves don't accept this kind of behavior towards themselves, why do they encourage it while they teach CRT and BLM philosophies? And why are the girls parents defending her? If she was my daughter, she'd be on restriction and publicly apologizing. We need these "woke" parents to start being actual parents and teaching their "woke" kids basic respect.