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B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist.

3rd Circuit

June 30, 2020

In a wild mashup between George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words and the cult classic Bring it On, the Third Circuit had to play referee. In B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist., the 3rd Circuit held that a disenchanted cheerleader’s weekend, off-campus Snap of “Fuck school fuck softball fuck cheer fuck everything” was protected 1st Amendment speech. In so ruling the panel held that Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969) does not apply to off-campus speech.  Thus paving the way for George Carlin to posthumously join the cheer squad.

Yes, we at Sullivan Simon believe that Bring it On is a cult classic. Watch it. Try to not enjoy it.

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