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Deciding Not to Decide: Mahonoy Area School District v. B.L. and the Supreme Court’s Ambivalence Towards Student Speech Rights

Posted by on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 in Articles, En Banc, Notes and Comments, Volume 74.

Jenny Diamond Cheng | 74 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 511 (2021) |

In June 2021, the Supreme Court issued opinions in its first school speech case in over fourteen years. In Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., an eight-member majority held that high school officials violated a teenager’s First Amendment rights when they suspended her from the school cheerleading team as punishment for a vulgar social media post.

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Jenny Diamond Cheng