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SCOTUS: Speaking your mind is still allowed in America

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By Jenny Goldsberry

The Supreme Court of the United States voted eight to one in favor of a high school cheerleader, saying it was against her first amendment rights to kick her off of the squad for using profane language off campus. The school suspended then sophomore Brandy Levy for saying “”F— school f— softball f— cheer f— everything,” in a Snapchat.

While the Mahanoy Area School District in Pennsylvania has strict regulations within the school, the justices agreed that to include students’ language off-campus is extreme. In the majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that a regulation that strict would “include all the speech a student utters during the full 24-hour day. That means courts must be more skeptical of a school’s efforts to regulate off-campus speech, for doing so may mean the student cannot engage in that kind of speech at all.” That effort obviously infringes on one’s right to free speech.

“It might be tempting to dismiss B. L.’s words as unworthy of the robust First Amendment protections discussed herein,” Breyer wrote. “But sometimes it is necessary to protect the superfluous in order to preserve the necessary.”

Justice Clarence Thomas was the only one who dissented. He claimed that it is the school’s have a right to discipline their students. “When students are on campus, the majority says, schools have authority in loco parentis—that is, as
substitutes of parents—to discipline speech and conduct,” Thomas wrote. The majority Justices agreed with that premise, but Thomas claimed that they were veering from precedent.

“A more searching review reveals that schools historically could discipline students in circumstances like those presented here,” Thomas wrote.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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DHS protects ‘privacy’ of migrants on terror watchlist

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Fox News reporter Bill Melugin filed a Freedom of Information Act request that sought the nationalities of individuals on the terror watchlist who entered the United States illegally. No more identifying information such as their names or location were requested; nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded that the right to ‘privacy’ of the migrants on the watchlist outweighs the public’s right to know.

The denial of the request occurred on the same day that at least one illegal immigrant reportedly on the terror watchlist was apprehended while attempting to infiltrate the Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia, reports Just The News.

“The privacy interests of the individuals in the records you have requested outweigh any minimal public interest in disclosure of the information,” the department told Melugin in a letter, he wrote in a post on X. “Any private interest you may have in that information does not factor into the aforementioned balancing test.”

Melugin pushed back on the rejection in a post to social media on Thursday, defending his request for the information and claiming that most of the rejection had nothing to do with what he was asking for. He also vowed to appeal the decision.

“I did not ask for any names, IDs, addresses, anything that would breach privacy, nor did I ask for any law enforcement sensitive information,” Melugin said. “I simply requested *only* the nationalities of people arrested on the list, so the public can have an understanding of where in the world they are coming from.”

Just The News adds that the border crisis and influx of illegal migrants has resulted in at least 736 known or suspected terrorists being released into the country in fiscal year 2023. In this fiscal year, at least 210 known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended and then released into the country as of March 22.

 

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