The Supreme Court has been asked to decide that schools are not allowed to regulate the speech of students when they are off-campus.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a brief in the case, Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., a high school student.
The student failed to make the varsity cheerleading squad then posted a derogatory Snapchat statement.
“She shared the post over the weekend and outside school grounds—but one of her Snapchat connections took a screen shot and shared it with the cheerleading coaches, who suspended B.L. from the J.V. squad. The student and her family sued the school,” EFF said.
The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals held that the school has limited power to punish students for speech made off-campus.
But the case was elevated to the Supreme Court by the school.
“Like all Americans, students have free speech protections from government censorship and policing,” said EFF Stanton Fellow Naomi Gilens. “In the 1969 case Tinker v. Des Moines, the Supreme Court carved out a narrow exception to this rule, allowing schools to regulate some kinds of s