Courthouse Steps Oral Argument Teleforum: Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.

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On April 28, 2021, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., which presents the question whether, under Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Comm. Sch. Dist., public high schools may discipline students for off-campus speech.  B.L. was a high-school sophomore who had tried out unsuccessfully for the varsity cheerleading team, but was selected for the J.V. team instead.  Upset, she Snapchatted a photo of herself raising her middle fingers and captioned the photo "F*** school f*** softball f*** cheer f*** everything."  The school determined that her Snapchat violated school rules, and removed her from the J.V. team.  Her parents sued on her behalf, claiming that the removal violated her First Amendment rights.  Both the District Court and the Third Circuit ruled in B.L.'s favor.

Joining us to discuss is Professor Michael Dimino, Professor of Law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School.
Michael Dimino, Professor of Law, Widener University 

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