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Public Schools Shouldn’t Control Students’ Private Speech

A monumental freedom of speech case could determine whether schools can censor students while off campus.

A high school cheerleader in Pennsylvania didn’t make the junior varsity team. After school and off‐​campus she took to Snapchat to share her frustration. The cheerleader posted a video of herself showing the middle finger and using the f‐​word. As a result, she was kicked off the cheer squad.

The distinction between school supervised speech and speech outside of school control must not be blurred. If authority expands to time and places outside of school their control could infringe on parents’ ability to discipline their children.

Read the #CatoSCOTUS brief in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.

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