Student free speech applies to social media

When the Supreme Court held that school districts cannot punish students for using a vulgar word on social media, it made the correct ruling (“Supreme Court Rules for High-School Cheerleader Brandi Levy in Free-Speech Case Over Snapshot Post, “ The Wall Street Journal, June 23). All a high school student did was say “fuck school, fuck softball, fuck cheer, fuck everything” after she failed to make  the varsity cheerleading squad.

That hardly is enough to consider being disruptive of school, the standard the high court established in 1969 in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District.  Yet the girl’s school district refused to reconsider the punishment. I don’t approve of how young people sometimes express themselves, but it’s time to accept that it is reality. Using a four-letter word is common. Why the Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania district persisted is hard to understand in light of the financial cost.

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