Cramm for 6/24/21


A high school student won a big case in the Supreme Court. 



About four years ago, a 14 year Pennsylvania old high school student named Brandi Levy tried (and failed) to make the varsity cheerleading squad. So she took to Snapchat and posted a picture of her and her friend giving the finger, with the caption, “F*ck school, f*ck softball, f*ck cheer, f*ck everything.” Another student took a screenshot of the picture and showed it to her mom (a coach at the school), who showed it to the school, which suspended Levy from junior varsity cheerleading for a year. In response, Levy sued the school district. 



Yesterday, the Supreme Case weighed in...and ruled in favor of Levy, saying that the district violated the First Amendment by punishing her for something she wrote off-campus. Only one justice (cough, Clarence Thomas, cough) dissented. 



ICYDK, this is the first time in 50 years that a student has won a free-speech case in the Supreme Court. Not a typo. The decision is also significant because it sets a new precedent for how courts should look at the rights of school administrators to discipline speech outside of school. Whiiiiich is especially relevant in the social media era.


This case is an indication that the Supreme Court kinda sorta thinks there need to be some boundaries on the power of school systems when it comes to free-speech. 


COURT: Recently, an Indiana woman who stormed the Capitol became the first person to be sentenced in the January 6th attack. A judge gave the woman three years of probation after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of “parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.” Buuuuut the judge also said she doesn’t want to “create the impression that probation is the automatic outcome here.” Speaking of which, a 23 year old just became the first person to be tried in court under China’s national security law. The man crashed into riot police officers in Hong Kong last year while riding a motorcycle and flying a flag with an antigov slogan. Tension, high. And on that note: a pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong just shut down after five of its execs were arrested. 


WORLD: Not too long ago, Brazil intro’d new legislation that would basically undermine legal protections for indigenous territories and open them up to commercial agriculture and mining. Yes, really. So yesterday, a group of indigenous activists protested outside Brazil’s congress. They were met with tear gas and rubber bullets. At least three protesters were injured, while three police officers were hit by arrows. Meanwhile, dozens of people were killed after a gov airstrike hit a market in the Ethiopian region of Tigray. It’s one of the deadliest attacks since the fighting started in Tigray eight months ago, and it comes as local rebel groups have clashed with gov security forces while attempting to take back towns. 


USA: Prez Biden has a lot on his mind. First up: gun violence. The Prez told the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to trash the licenses of gun dealers “the first time that they violate law” by not, you know, running background checks. Also on the agenda: police. As in Biden said that states could pull from $350 million in federal stimulus money to beef up police depts. This comes as some Dems have called for less funding for the police - not more. Later, Biden kicked out the head of the US Border Patrol, who got control of the agency during Trump’s term and supported his policies. That’s not the only shakeup going on in Washington, DC. Yesterday, Biden fired the chief of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Also appointed by Trump, BTW.


Britney Spears:” who publicly spoke out about her  conservatorship…and revealed she’s been drugged, forced to work, and prevented from removing her IUD for years. Cue #FreeBritney trending. 


“Scientists identify 29 planets where aliens could observe Earth” - an actual headline. Reassuring. 

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