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Recent Supreme Court Off-Campus Free Speech Win To Face Reality Of Anti-Free Speech Student Attitudes

Last week, the Supreme Court decided the case of Mahanoy Area School District v. Levy. The Court considered whether schools could regulate student speech that occurs off-campus and outside of school hours.

And it came down decisively in favor of the First Amendment.

Those who favor clamping down on student speech will argue that the decision is limited to its facts. But in actuality, the opinions’ implications are far-reaching and will likely transform the landscape of speech codes at colleges and universities and possibly beyond.

While the First Amendment serves as a bulwark against government suppression of speech and not that of private industry, the Court’s decision sends a message about the importance of free expression. It serves as a warning shot to those perpetrators of cancel culture that punitive action against those who express unpopular viewpoints – the so-called “heckler’s veto” – is strongly disfavored.

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