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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Adds Yet Another Caution to Disciplining Student Speech

November 19th, 2021

In J.S. v. Manheim Township School District, the Court developed this new true threat standard by reasoning that in order for schools to censor a student’s First Amendment right, it shall determine whether the student intended the communication to be a serious expression of an intent to inflict harm.

SCOTUS Lets Mahanoy Cheerleader Vent, Confirms Schools Need to Weigh Off Campus Speech Case by Case

June 24th, 2021

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

Disappointment or Disruption? SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in BL v Mahanoy Area School District

April 28th, 2021

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.

Third Circuit Tells Schools Hands Off Students’ Off-Campus Speech

July 8th, 2020

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.”