SCOTUS To Hear Schuylkill County, PA Free Speech Case

High court hears Mahanoy Area case Wednesday

U.S. Supreme Court ponders cheerleader’s profanity in free …

Brandi Levy, a former cheerleader at Mahanoy Area High School in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania and a key figure in a major U.S. case about free speech, poses in an undated photograph provided by the …

A Pennsylvania teenager whose profanity-laced outburst on social media got her banished from her high school’s cheerleading squad is in the spotlight at the U.S. Supreme Court this week, arguing “I shouldn’t have to be afraid to express myself.”

Brandi Levy, who made her Snapchat post away from school and on a weekend, is at the center of a major case testing the limits of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech. The nine justices on Wednesday are set to hear arguments in the Mahanoy Area School District’s appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of Levy that found that the First Amendment bars public school officials from regulating off-campus speech.

Levy’s indelicate May 2017 Snapchat post came two days after Mahanoy Area High School, in Pennsylvania’s coal region, held its cheerleading tryouts. The ninth-grader, who had been a junior varsity cheerleader, was still infuriated about being left off the varsity squad.


High court hears Mahanoy Area case Wednesday Apr. 28—MAHANOY CITY — As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to hear arguments Wednesday in Brandi Levy’s student free speech case against the Mahanoy Area School District, her father said people have been supportive as they learn more about the unique case through the extensive recent media coverage. “I have not received any negative feedback on our side,” said Larry Levy, who has contact in …

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