A cheerleader who was suspended from the squad as a result of she posted “f–ok college, f–ok cheer” on Snapchat will now have her case heard by the Supreme Court — which is able to weigh whether or not her free speech rights have been violated.
Brandi Levy was simply 14 and a freshman cheerleader in Mahonoy, Pennsylvania, when she despatched the offending Snapchat to her mates after not getting accepted into the varsity squad, she instructed ABC Information.
“I used to be pissed off. I used to be upset. I used to be indignant. And I made a post on Snapchat,” she instructed the station.
“I mentioned, F college, F cheer, F softball, F all the things,” she mentioned of the post, which she despatched to her buddies on a weekend in 2017.
The vulgar post quickly got here to the eye of college directors, and he or she was suspended from cheerleading for a whole yr, the station mentioned.
Levy, now 18, and her attorneys have taken their free-speech struggle in opposition to her college district by way of the federal justice system and on to the very best courtroom within the nation.
The case is scheduled for April 28 and can resolve whether or not a college’s proper to regulate “distruptive” on-campus scholar speech additionally extends off campus.
To date, Levy has received in two decrease federal courts and in an appeals courtroom determination that discovered whereas colleges can set limits on speech and conduct on their property, they’ll’t implement their guidelines off campus.
The Supreme Court determination will likely be precedent-setting, mentioned Sara Rose, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer representing Levy within the case.
“That is the primary time that the US Supreme Court goes to resolve whether or not the foundations that apply to youngsters once they’re in class additionally apply to their speech when they’re exterior of college,” she mentioned.
College officers ought to have simply given his daughter a warning, telling her, “Watch, watch out,” Levy’s father instructed ABC.
“However the motion they took, I believe reached above and past the place they need to be,” he mentioned.
The Mahonoy Space College District didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
It has argued in papers that colleges ought to have the appropriate to intervene in any scholar speech that disrupts the varsity atmosphere.