The Case: MAHANOY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT v. B. L., A MINOR, BY AND THROUGH HER FATHER, LEVY, ET AL. (2021)
After not making the cut for her school's cheerleading team, Brandi Levy took to social media and made a post on Snapchat at a local convenience store in Mahanoy City. Levy's weekend post contained explicit language against her school in the Mahanoy Area School District. Levy's school responded by punishing her for her post, even though it was posted to her private social media outside of school grounds. Appealing her school's punishment, citing her First Amendment rights, Levy took her case all the way to the Supreme Court. Ruling on the case, the justices ruled 8-1 that the punishment that Mahanoy Area School District officials gave the plaintiff, Brandi Levy, for her social media post, violated her free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.