Wednesday, June 23, 2021

SCOTUS rules for high school student punished for off-campus snapchat "profanity"


Happy Valley PA 2010 

The Supreme Court, in an 8-1 ruling, ruled that a high school student could not be punished for an off-campus profane Snapchat post (which was ephemeral) of a female high school student and cheerleader (would be) in a Pennsylvania high school, by the school or school board or local government. 

The major issue, going back to a protest in 1965 against the Vietnam war, was whether the speech was disruptive. 

CNN story by Devan Cole et al., with video by Jeffrey Toobin.    Here is the text of the SCOTUS opinion. 

Off hand, this does sound like an application of the incorporation doctrine.

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