by The Chicago Times Staff
July 1, 2021
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of a Pennsylvania cheerleader that was wrongfully suspended by a public school for a vulgar social media post.
In an 8-1 vote in favor of Brandi Levy, who was 14-years old when she posted on Snapchat a rant of curse words followed by the time honored middle finger in expression of great disappointment in not making the varsity cheerleading team.
Levy was not on school grounds when she posted her freedom of expression, yet was still suspended by her high school from participating in cheerleading sports for one year. The high court ruled that the suspension was in violation of Levy’s God given right to free speech protected under the First Amendment.
It should be noted that the ruling did not prohibit schools from suspending students for statements made off school grounds, yet the ruling is a warning shot that the American culture of Freedom of Speech will be respected.