Supreme Court Will Hear Cheerleader’s Case Against Public School Regarding Her Snapchat Outburst

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Freedom of speech is important. There’s no arguing with that, but what happens when freedom of speech contradicts school policies? Well, in one case, the incident makes it all the way to the Supreme Court.

When Brandi Levy was just 14 years old, she tried out for her high school’s Varsity cheerleader team. She didn’t make the cut and ended up on the Junior Varsity team. She was very disappointed and decided to vent on social media. Her post was her way of letting out her feelings, but the things she said violated her school’s policies, and she was banned from cheerleading for an entire year.

Levy didn’t think it was fair that her school reacted so harshly, and she felt that it violated her right to freedom of speech. After all, she didn’t say anything negative while she was at school. She waited until the weekend when she was no longer on school property.

Levy’s parents agreed with her and filed a lawsuit. Lower courts agreed with Levy too, and she ended up back on the cheerleading team.

Four years have passed. Levy is now in college, but the case has yet to be closed. In fact, her case has made it all the way to the Supreme Court.

Watch the video below to hear Levy explain what happened and to hear why the outcome of this case is so important.

Levy told The Associated Press, “I was a 14-year-old kid. I was upset, I was angry. Everyone, every 14-year-old kid speaks like that at one point.” She added, “I’m just trying to prove a point that young students and adults like me shouldn’t be punished for them expressing their own feelings and letting others know how they feel.”

Do you think the school overreacted by kicking Levy off the cheerleading team for her SnapChat post?