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Supreme Court rules for Pennsylvania cheerleader in school free speech case


Microphones set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a Pennsylvania high school violated the First Amendment rights of a cheerleader by suspending her from her team for using vulgar language that criticized the school on social media.

The 8-1 opinion upheld lower court rulings against the school’s decision to suspend the then-student from her junior varsity cheerleading squad over two Snapchat posts she sent while off school grounds.

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