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Cheerleader Cut From Varsity Wrongly Suspended for Snapchat Post

June 30, 2020, 4:31 PM

The constitutional rights of a teenager were violated when she was suspended for posting a critical Snapchat picture about her not making her high school’s varsity cheerleading squad, the Third Circuit said Tuesday.

The school violated B.L.'s free speech rights rights by punishing the off-campus speech, which consisted of a picture of her and a friend flipping off the camera with the comment, “f*ck cheer,” the appeals court said in an opinion by Judge Cheryl Ann Krause.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., which held that schools may regulate speech if...

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