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Student Voice Celebrates Mahanoy v. B.L. Decision

Student Voice applauds the Supreme Court’s reaffirmation of student free speech in its Mahanoy v. B.L. ruling.

June 23, 2021

Student Voice celebrates the news of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court reaffirmed students’ rights to free expression outside of school and on social media. In his majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer characterized schools as “nurseries of democracy,” reflecting the critical role of student free speech in advancing justice in U.S. history.

In April, Student Voice and fellow student activist groups Kentucky Student Voice Team, Houston Independent Student Congress and March for Our Lives filed an amicus brief in the Mahanoy case, highlighting the case’s impact on student activism. More about Student Voice’s #SaveStudentSpeech efforts can be found here.

In a story in NBC News, Student Voice Communications Director Jenna Yuan shared more about the process of filing the amicus brief and why Mahanoy’s decision was so important to the future of student activism. The full article can be read here.

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