When high school student Brandi Levy posted profanity-laden "snaps" regarding cheerleading and other school activities on social media, her school district suspended her from the cheerleading team.
Can a school district punish a student for what they post on social media? Prof. Nadine Strossen of New York Law School explores free speech and the Tinker standard in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.
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Related Links & Differing Views:
SCOTUSblog: “Court rules for high school cheerleader in First Amendment dispute over Snapchat profanity”
The First Amendment Encyclopedia: “Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. (2021)”
Reason: “The Incomprehensibility of Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.”
Villanova Law Review: “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: SCOTUS in Unenviable Position in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.”
Minnesota Law Review: “The Ubiquity of Social Media Dictates the Result”
The Federalist Society: “Courthouse Steps Decision Webinar: Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.”