Mahanoy Area Schools District v. B.L. Oral Argument

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., on whether public school officials can regulate and punish student for their off-campus social media content. The… read more

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., on whether public school officials can regulate and punish student for their off-campus social media content. The case stems from a Pennsylvania junior varsity cheerleading student who posted on Snapchat about not making varsity. In the “snap” she and a friend are seen using the middle finger with profane text on the video. Another cheerleader saw it and alerted her mother, a cheerleading coach. B.L. was removed from the team for her “snap” and violating the rule concerning use of “foul language and inappropriate gestures.” The rule furthermore stated that “there will be no toleration of any negative information regarding cheerleading, cheerleaders, or coaches placed on the internet.” In 2017, B.L.'s parents sued alleging violation of her First Amendment free speech rights.

The Court on June 23, 2021, ruled 8-1 that the school district’s decision to suspend the student violated the First Amendment. close

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Program ID:
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Category:
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Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 28, 2021 | 9:59am EDT | C-SPAN.org
Last Aired:
Jun 24, 2021 | 8:06am EDT | C-SPAN 2

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  • Apr 30, 2021 | 1:04pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 30, 2021 | 11:22pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 01, 2021 | 5:23am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 02, 2021 | 3:47pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 03, 2021 | 8:31am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 23, 2021 | 11:04pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 24, 2021 | 3:19am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jun 24, 2021 | 8:06am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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