Bloomberg Law
Jan. 8, 2021, 11:26 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Cheerleader Free Speech Dispute

Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson
Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the extent to which public schools can discipline students for off-campus speech.

On Friday, the justices agreed to hear an appeal by a Pennsylvania school district over its suspension of a high school cheerleader who posted obscenities about her cheer program to social media after not making varsity.

The Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found the posting was protected by the First Amendment even though it was “crude, rude, and juvenile.”

The Third Circuit noted that the Supreme Court’s landmark 1969 ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. ...

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