PHILADELPHIA - The Mahanoy Area School District filed a notice of appeal today in B.L. v. Mahanoy Area School District. The school district seeks reversal of a district court ruling that the school district violated a student’s free speech rights when it removed her from the cheerleading squad as punishment for a Snapchat post containing profanity that she made on the weekend, off campus, and on her own smartphone.
The following can be attributed to Molly Tack-Hooper, senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and co-counsel for B.L.:
“B.L., her parents, and the ACLU made many attempts to resolve this case without unnecessary litigation. The fact that this case has consumed as many attorney hours as it has is entirely the result of the school district’s decisions.”
B.L. is represented by Tack-Hooper of the ACLU of Pennsylvania and Arleigh P. Helfer III and Theresa E. Loscalzo of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. More information about this case is available at aclupa.org/cheer.