US Supreme Court rules for cheerleader punished for vulgar Snapchat message

US Supreme Court rules for cheerleader punished for vulgar Snapchat message

US Supreme Court rules for cheerleader punished for vulgar Snapchat message

Witold "Vic" Walczak, the legal director of the Pennsylvania ACLU, previously told Insider that school districts effectively had the power to punish the nation's 50 million public-school students for any speech they deemed controversial, even if the students expressed the views off school grounds and outside of school hours.

In the ruling, the court held that in this instance, the school was not permitted to act upon the student's off-campus speech.

Justice Clarence Thomas dissented, noting students "who are active in extracurricular programs have a greater potential, by virtue of their participation, to harm those programs".

"The school's regulatory interests remain significant in some off-campus circumstances", he maintained.

A federal appeals court agreed with her, declaring that school officials have no authority to punish students for speech that occurs in places unconnected to the campus.

Levy's parents filed a federal lawsuit after the cheerleading coach learned of the posts and suspended her from the junior varsity team for a year. So she posted a photo of herself and a friend flipping the bird to the camera, along with a message that said, "F*** the school, ".

"We do not now set forth a broad, highly general First Amendment rule stating just what counts as "off campus" speech and whether or how ordinary First Amendment standards must give way off campus to a school's special need to prevent ... substantial disruption of learning-related activities or the protection of those who make up a school community", Breyer wrote.

Brandi Levy speaks with Fox News' David Spunt about a Supreme Court case stemming from a pair of shapchats she posted as a sophomore in high school.

Levy is now 18 and a freshman at Bloomsburg University.

"But", he said, "we have also made clear that courts must apply the First Amendment in light of the special characteristics of the school environment".

Breyer wrote that Levy's case seemed less serious than its Vietnam-era predecessor. "But sometimes it is necessary to protect the superfluous in order to preserve the necessary".

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor wrote the opinion citing sections of the Ohio Revised Code that requires peace officer training, saying a certain provision "does not provide schools with a mechanism to circumvent that requirement".

The case was one of four the justices decided Wednesday as they approach their summer break.

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