Following the filing of a lawsuit by four residents accusing the Pennsbury School Board of curtailing public comments and enforcing unconstitutional free speech policies at Board meetings, the Pennsbury School District agrees to pay a $300,000 lawsuit settlement.
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In an 8-1 majority opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. that a Pennsylvania high school violated a student’s First Amendment rights when the school suspended her from the cheerleading squad after posting profane language and gestures on her social media account
The Supreme Court heard argument today following the school district’s appeal from the Third Circuit’s decision that Tinker could not be applied to off campus speech.
The First Amendment right to free speech is rooted in our constitution, providing an individual with the freedom to express their opinions and ideas without censorship or legal repercussions. Schools are now looking for guidance on how to respond and handle a situation where a student is kneeling before the national anthem without violating any constitutional rights.
Does the B.L. decision mean that schools must tolerate crude, profane, offensive language? If the language does not occur in the school environment or under the school’s auspices, the answer in the Third Circuit may now be “yes.”