Supreme Court Votes 8-1 In Favor Of Cheerleader Suspended For Snapchat Video

The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 in favor of a cheerleader who claimed her First Amendment rights were violated when her high school’s junior varsity squad suspended her for a Snapchat video she made off campus. Brandi Levy, the 14-year-old cheerleader at the center of the story, argued that the profanity-laced video should not have warranted a suspension. The Supreme Court agreed in a landslide vote.

The story began after a Snapchat video, released by Levy, spread a profanity-laced message and repeated crude gestures that were supposedly aimed at the school and its cheerleading squad. Levy’s frustrations stemmed from failure to be promoted to varsity cheerleading.

According to the NPR interview, Levy said she was “really upset and frustrated at everything,” which is what led to her Snapchat rant.

The video’s most vulgar excerpt came when Levy shouted, “F* the school. … F* cheer, F*** everything.”

After officials from the school in Pennsylvania discovered the video, they informed Levy that she would be suspended because of the content expressed by the teenager. Levy’s family then filed a lawsuit against the school, taking the matter all the way up to the Supreme Court for a federal ruling.

Per the Supreme Court, the school was guilty of overreach with its punishment for off-campus behavior, and such violations were in conflict with First Amendment rights without substantial evidence that the rant called out any individuals directly.

For better or worse, free speech is still champion.

Written by Alejandro Avila

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  1. Not so fast John Melton, you’re missing the point here. The school (most likely liberal ran) was found guilty by the Supreme Court of “overreach” of it’s punishment of off-campus behavior! An absolute win for Freedom of Speech and this family. Power grab by a school district and Liberalism DENIED!

    • Oh I agree that even kids with no vocabulary have the right to free speech. However, that speech was nothing to be “proud” of as an American. I think the disheartening thing about America right now is that we are untethered from our original Christian core that balanced freedom of thought with respect and civility. We need freedom, we don’t need repression of unpopular speech by government, but we also don’t need boundless, unhinged, immoral absent of the fear of God freedom like we’re living out scenes from Lord of the Flies. That’s my whole point. Yay for freedom, but I’m not “proud” of the example.

  2. Free speech means even the dopey kids get a voice. It is known.

    That said, if you make it through your teen years without saying “my school sucks”, you’re a better angsty teen than I was.

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