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🎧 Supreme Court Oral Arguments in Mahanoy Area School District v. BL

supreme court mahanoy area school district v BL free speech

supreme court mahanoy area school district v BL free speech

Lawyers on both sides of the Mahanoy Area School District v. BL case presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday, April 28.

Below, you’ll find a recording of that event presented by C-SPAN.

Full Audio of Oral Arguments to the Supreme Court of the United States in the Case of Mahanoy Area School District v. BL

Mahanoy Area School District appealed to the Supreme Court that it should hear its case that it should be allowed to punish students that post derogatory messages on social media, not while on school grounds, that are enough to disrupt the education of others and the function of the school.

Mahanoy Area Cheerleader Free Speech Case

At the end of her freshman year at Mahanoy Area High School, cheerleader Brandi Levy (“BL”) found out she’d not been promoted to the Varsity team for her sophomore year. Frustrated by the decision, she turned to Snapchat to vent her anger. And in a shortly-worded but F-word-laced message, let as many people as she thought would see that message know how she felt about it.

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A screen capture image of that message quickly made it to the cheerleading coach at Mahanoy Area High School who quickly suspended Levy … for an entire year.

The severity of the punishment led the Levy family to take action against the school. First, filing for an injunction, and then to have their daughter’s status on the cheerleading team permanently restored.

Lower courts have ruled in favor of the Levys every step of the way before the oral arguments before the Supreme Court justices on April 28.

For more information on the case, check out our library of coverage below the embedded player with the full audio of the court proceedings.

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