You know, I don’t always agree with the ACLU, but every once in a while, they make the correct call—and right now, they actually seem to be fighting for the freedoms their name suggests they hold so dear.
At least they’re trying.
A school board is LITERALLY trying to trample the First Amendment rights of students around America by allowing public school officials to dictate what these students can and can’t say even when they’re outside of school authority.
The entity on the other side is the ACLU, defending student’s rights to say whatever they choose to when not on school grounds.
This case is baffling and absolutely maddening, and anyone reading this should agree. There is NO government entity that should be able to penalize or punish people for what they say, regardless of whether it’s school-aged children or not.
This idea goes against the very idea of the Bill of Rights, and the fact that this case made it all the way up to the Supreme Court is ridiculous. Either the judges in the lower courts were cowards…or they’re just stupid.
There is no reason whatsoever that this should have ever reached the highest court in the land.
So, How Does The SCOTUS See It?
So far, the SCOTUS is standing strong – as well they should.
When it comes to the First Amendment rights of students OUTSIDE of school hours and extracurricular activities, Justice Stephen Breyer doesn’t want to write a treatise…and neither does Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
As far as their other colleagues on the Supreme Court are concerned, none seem keen to change the court’s 52-year-old precedent on student speech (known as Tinker) due to the rise of social media.
In oral arguments, justices heard arguments regarding school officials’ ability/authority to regulate what students say when they aren’t in the classroom or participating in other school-sponsored activities, like team sports.
School boards around the US want the SCOTUS to reverse an appeals court ruling that banned a Pennsylvania school district from punishing a cheerleader for a profane Snapchat rant.
Advocates for religious freedom and the First Amendment rights of students, as well as several conservative states and humorist P.J. O’Rourke, urged the court to protect student speech from regulation outside of school-sponsored activities.
If the student isn’t representing the school at a function or physically in school at the time, there is NOTHING that the school board should be able to do.
In fact, if you think they SHOULD, then your motivation should be questioned, as well as your commitment to freedom. If you think students’ rights should be limited, then you probably feel that way for anybody that disagrees with you.
But the lawyer for the school board was tricky.
How To Trick The Gullible Left Into RESTRICTING Freedom
As with all Liberalism, the removal of rights come wrapped in the guise of compassion, and the lawyer for Mahanoy Area schools, Lisa Blatt, says that schools only want the power to stop students from “terrorizing” each other and teachers, regardless of where it happens.
The issue is that this is an emotional response that takes logic out of the equation entirely.
“Terrorizing” is relative, just like ALL speech.
You can’t limit it because you think something is mean or inflammatory…
And regardless of a student’s age, if they’re American, their rights are protected by the US Constitution.
We don’t need the Supreme Court to make that judgment…
It’s clear as crystal.
This is just another instance of government overreach enacted by an entity that felt entitled due to their connections with the current administration.
But not on our watch…
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin