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The Supreme Court’s Vulgar Snapchat Ruling and What It Means for Students’ Free Speech

By Eric Harkleroad — July 1, 2021 4:00
The Supreme Court's Vulgar Snapchat Ruling and What It Means for Students' Free Speech

The Supreme Court last week sided with a former high school cheerleader after a profane Snapchat post got her suspended from the team.

Here’s what the court said and the case’s impact on student speech rights.

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Image shows a picture of Brandi Levy in her cheerleading uniform in front of Mahanoy Area High School.
Brandi Levy, now an 18-year-old college freshman, was a cheerleader at Mahanoy Area High School in Pennsylvania when she made profane comments on Snapchat that were at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case on student speech rights.
Danna Singer/Provided by the American Civil Liberties Union
Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington on April 23, 2021.
Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo in Washington in April.
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Eric Harkleroad
Eric Harkleroad is Education Week’s visuals intern for the spring and summer of 2021.

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