Supreme Court sides with high school cheerleader who cursed online
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former high school cheerleader who argued that she could not be punished by her public school for posting a profanity-laced caption on Snapchat when she was off school grounds.
The case involving a Pennsylvania teenager was closely watched to see how the court would handle the free speech rights of some 50 million public school children and the concerns of schools over off-campus and online speech that could amount to a disruption of the school’s mission or rise to the level of bullying or threats.
The 8-1 majority opinion was penned by Justice Stephen Breyer.
“It might be tempting to dismiss (the student’s) words as unworthy of the robust First Amendment protections discussed herein. But sometimes it is necessary to protect the superfluous in order to preserve the necessary,” Breyer wrote.
Breyer said that the court has made clear that students “do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression even ‘at the school house gate.”
DAWG SAYS: THE ONLINE RANT OCCURRED OFF CAMPUS AND COURSTS HAVE RULED CONSISTANTLY SWEARING IS FREE SPEACH. ANOTHER CASE OF SEVERE OVER REACH BY THE INDOCTRINATION CAMPS.