Court rules in favor of high school student in free speech rights case


A federal appeals court says a Schuylkill County school district violated a cheerleader's First Amendment rights when she was kicked off her squad over a picture on social media.

The court in Philadelphia sided with the ACLU Tuesday in a case involving a student in the Mahanoy Area School District.

The girl was in tenth grade back in 2017 when she was kicked off the team for making disparaging remarks about the school in a Snapchat picture. She did it on a weekend and not at a school activity.

The student graduated this year.

A federal judge later reinstated her to the team after she filed a lawsuit.

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