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Brandi Levy biography: 13 things about ex-Mahanoy Area High School cheerleader

Brandi Levy is a resident of Pennsylvania, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She is Lawrence Levy and Betty Lou Levy‘s daughter. (a)
  2. She lives in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County,  Pennsylvania. (b)
  3. She attended Mahanoy Area High School in Mahanoy City. She was an honor student. (a) (c)
  4. At the end of her freshman year, she tried out for a position on the Mahanoy Area High School’s varsity cheerleading squad and for right fielder on a private softball team. She neither made the Mahanoy Area High School’s varsity cheerleading team nor got her preferred softball position. Instead, she was offered a spot on the cheerleading squad’s junior varsity team. (c)
  5. On May 28, 2017, which is a Saturday, she wrote on Snapchat “F–k school f–k softball f–k cheer f–k everything” while in the Cocoa Hut in Nanticoke, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with a friend. She was not participating in any school activity when she made the post. (a) (c)
  6. On June 1, 2017, she was pulled out of class by Nicole Luchetta-Rump, one of the cheerleading squad’s coaches in Mahanoy Area High School, to inform her that she was being dismissed from the cheerleading squad. Despite her subsequent apologies, the school’s athletic director, principal, superintendent and school board still affirmed her suspension. (a) (c)
  7. On September 25, 2017, she and her parents filed an instant complaint against the Mahanoy Area School District. It was accompanied by a motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) and preliminary injunction, which was granted by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania that day. (a)
  8. On October 5, 2017, U.S. Middle District Senior Judge A. Richard Caputo ruled that her punishment violated the First Amendment, awarded her $1 in damages and ordered Mahanoy Area High School to pay her legal bills and expunge her disciplinary record. (a) (c)
  9. In March 2019, Caputo granted summary judgment for her. (d)
  10. On June 30, 2020, on appeal, a panel of the Third Circuit affirmed Caputo’s ruling. Judge Cheryl Ann Krause agreed with Caputo that punishing her for her Snapchat post in 2017 violated her First Amendment rights because the speech had clearly been off-campus. (c) (d) (e) (f)
  11. On April 28, 2021, oral arguments were heard after the Mahanoy Area School District petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case. American Civil Liberties Union lawyer David Cole represented her while the district was represented by Lisa Blatt, who said she is “not somebody you’d want at the bottom of the pyramid.” (b)
  12. On June 23, 2021, in an 8–1 judgement, the Supreme Court affirmed the Third Circuit’s ruling in 2020. Only Justice Clarence Thomas dissented. Cole argued that she was “merely expressing frustration with a four-letter word to her friends outside of school on a weekend.” (g)
  13. She was 18 years old and a freshman at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania  in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, Pennsylvania when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor on June 23, 2021. In a statement, she said Mahanoy Area High School “went too far” and she was glad that the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with her. (g)

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