Free Speech Victory: Supreme Court Limits School Attempts To Regulate Off-Campus Speech & Usurp Parents’ Rights To Discipline Children | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Free Speech Victory: Supreme Court Limits School Attempts To Regulate Off-Campus Speech & Usurp Parents’ Rights To Discipline Children

In a victory for parents’ rights and students’ free speech rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has restricted the authority of public schools to punish students for speech engaged in off-campus.

In an 8-1 decision in Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist. v. B.L., the Supreme Court declared that the suspension of a 14-year-old cheerleader for expressing adolescent angst on Snapchat about not making the varsity cheer squad or softball team violated the student’s First Amendment rights. Although the Court’s ruling allows some off-campus student speech, such as bullying and threats, to be the basis for school discipline, it warned that schools have less authority to restrict the rights of students when they are not on school grounds and not under the supervision or control of school officials. The Rutherford Institute and Americans For Prosperity Foundation filed an amicus brief in the case, warning against attempts by public school officials to undermine parents’ rights by monitoring and punishing students for social media activity that takes place away from school.

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