Last but not least, it’s the cursing cheerleader case where the 1st amendment has won the day. We discussed this case on #SistersInLaw when it was argued. I confess, she’s my kind of cheerleader.…
Not last, I failed to check for the R number, assuming we’d just get 3. Sorry about that.
Justice Thomas, in his lone dissent, ponders why we can’t just do things the way we’ve always done them. (The majority obviously disagrees with this assessment of the law)
Thomas’ criticism of the majority’s opinion is that it creates an environment that puts weight on the side of free speech & requires schools to litigate if they want to discipline a student’s off campus speech. Mahanoy involves an F bomb but preserves speech on broader issues.

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